China Bans Ivory

January 11, 2017

There’s a reason why wildlife conservationists are praising China. Earlier this month, China announced that they would shut down their ivory market by the end of the year. That’s great news for elephants! Why? Elephants have been poached (or hunted on restricted land) for their tusks which are made out of ivory. Approximately 70% of the world’s ivory ends up in China where artists use this material to carve out elaborate art pieces. With China’s announcement, wildlife conservationists are hoping that elephant poaching will begin to decrease and the population of this endangered species will start to grow again.