Nairobi (AFP) – From the pittance paid to local poachers to a multi-billion dollar industry, here are some of the key numbers related to Africa’s endangered elephants:
US$100: The amount local poachers, often from the impoverished villages that border national parks and reserves, are paid for a kilo of ivory in Kenya, according to AFP sources.
US$2,100: The amount a kilo of raw ivory sells for at market in China, according to Save the Elephants.
US$13,000: The estimated elephant population in Tanzania’s Selous reserve in 2013, according to TRAFFIC.
US$70,000: The estimated elephant population in Tanzania’s Selous reserve in 2007, according to TRAFFIC.
US$100,000: The number of African elephants killed by poachers between 2010 and 2013, according to scientific research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
US$420,000-650,000: The number of African elephants left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
42 TONNES: The estimated weight of ivory intercepted in large-scale (over 500-kilo) seizures in 2013, according to wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. This figure represents a street value of US$88.2 million.
US$19 BILLION: The total value of the global illegal wildlife trade, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).