Tagged: Chinese ivory market

Of Ivory, Gold and Silver - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Mar 03, 2015

It is a persistent problem with the illegal ivory market, is we don’t have actual records of how much is being sold.  It is difficult to determine what the size of the market for carvings, what proportion are new carvings from recently poached ivory, what percentage are fake ivory, and what percentage is older carvings being resold.  One thing our … Read More

Where is the poached ivory going? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 03, 2014

One of the enduring questions we have with respect to the black-market in ivory, is where the raw ivory is going.  The somewhat glib answer is that it is being churned into carvings to be sold to East Asian (i.e. mostly Chinese) buyers.  This is regarded as glib as to date, evidence of this eruption in carvings for sale has … Read More

Into the Black- Part 2 - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jun 27, 2014

There is this odd belief that doing an economic study on an illegal wildlife market means just collecting a lot of prices.  This isn’t really as informative as you’d hope, especially when prices show a big spread.  The noise outweighs the signal. So, if we want to drill down deeper into the illegal market, what insights can we get from … Read More