In a long overdue shift in public policy, China has officially put a ban on all government-licensed ivory trading within its borders at the beginning of this year. The country is believed to be one of the world’s largest consumers of ivory, using it for everything from intricate carvings to chopsticks. This domestic trading ban, now combined with the international ivory trading from 1990, will send a message to ivory carvers and collectors to put this destructive culture in the past.
While this is a momentous step forward in saving the lives of African elephants, this ban must be coupled with pressuring surrounding countries, like Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia, to take a more serious stance on the illegal trade and strengthening conservation efforts in order to end poaching of these beautiful, but endangered animals.
We are proud to not only partner with, but also have personal relationships with many of the best wildlife conservancies and camps, like Borana, Sarara Camp, Richards River Camp, and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. We are in this fight together for the protection of endangered animals, like African Elephants, and the support of all wildlife.