Illegal Ivory Trade
Illegal Ivory trade.
Trading in Ivory is illegal in most countries, but the trade continues through support networks similar to the ones that operate in the drug trade. The value of ivory from elephants and rhino is so high that it is believed that over 100,000 elephants were killed by poachers in Africa in just 2 years!
The ivory traders are generally outside Africa. They are unlikely to set foot in Africa. They rely on a local network of representatives and traders. These people, in turn, rely on the local poachers. Finally, the poachers rely on the local villagers to provide them with sanctuary and provisions.
We can do more to decrease poaching for ivory.
Chagga Mzungu gets involved with the communities on the borders of the National Wildlife Parks, such as The Serengeti. We listen to the villagers problems and discuss a plan to help resolve those problems in a way that helps them and positively. This action then benefits the wild animals as the villagers are less likely to engage, and protect, the poachers.
The net result is positive for all, except the ivory traders.