Tagged: ivory carving

Counting Ivory: Does it add up? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 22, 2015

The publicity the illegal trade in ivory gets is at the moment, running high.  By way of background, the estimated numbers of elephants being illegal killed in African range states, ranges from 25,000 to 35,000 a year.  That means- roughly- there is about 250-350 tons of raw ivory being harvested by poachers annually.  The average weight of a tusk is … Read More

Inside a Chinese Ivory Carving Factory - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Sep 04, 2014

As part of the ongoing investigations of the ivory markets in China we have been visiting carving factories.  We’re slowly getting through them.  Of late we have also been interviewing every carver about their output, experience and when they started their employment.  To date, that is about forty carvers we’ve interviewed.  This gathers valuable information about the throughput of ivory … Read More