Prince William Condemns Illegal Ivory Trade On China Tour


Picture taken on December 30, 2012 shows elephants calves playing at... News PhotoAmboseli National Park,Animal,Elephant,Horizontal,Human Interest,Kenya,Kilometre,Nairobi,OffbeatPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPPicture taken on December 30, 2012 shows elephants calves playing at the Amboseli game reserve, approximately 250 kilometres south of Nairobi. Drawing to its close today, this year 2012, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW, stands out as the ''annus horriblis'' (Latin for 'year of horrors') for the World's largest land mammal with statistics standing at 34 tonnes of poached ivory having been seized, marking the biggest ever total of confiscated ivory in a single year, outstripping by almost 40 per cent last year’s record of 24.3 tonnes. Earlier this year, in just six weeks, between January and March 2012, at least 50 per cent of the elephants in Cameroon’s Bouba Ndjida National Park were slaughtered for their ivory by horseback bandits. Most illegal ivory is destined for Asia, in particular China, where it has soared in value as an investment vehicle and coveted as “white gold.” AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)