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Nature and Science 2011-06-19 Earth Report: The ivory poaching wars

06-19-2011 18:25 BJT


It is estimated that the poaching wars in Africa during the late 70s and 80s killed off more than 60% of the African elephant herds. With an international ban on ivory trade in existence since 1989, the herds have stabilized with some countries even facing over-population. The past several years, however, have seen a steady increase in the tonnage of ivory being seized in cargo containers, raising questions about the security of the African herds. Now, new DNA forensic techniques are being forged developed to help wildlife police crack down on ivory poaching.

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