Ivory seizures in 2011

Worldwide, law enforcement officials seized over 23 tons of ivory that was being trafficked on the black market.Officially, the trade in ivory was banned worldwide in 1989.

A large portion of the ivory was believed to have been headed for China. In Kenya, where a majority of the smuggled ivory is shipped out of Africa, about 90 percent of the ivory traffickers arrested at the airport are Chinese nationals.

Source:  Geoffrey York, “Growing Chinese demand fuels booming trade in ivory,” Globe and Mail, June 19, 2012.