We watched documentary one night. In 2012, investigative journalists Bryan Christy and Aidan Hartley explored the illegal ivory trade and the plight of Africa’s elephants, and documented their work in the National Geographic special Battle for the Elephants.
People made a fortune from ivory trade. The history of the ivory trade and the resulting devastation of Africa’s elephant population reveals that from 26 million elephants in 1800 to fewer than one million today. A worldwide ban on ivory sales in 1989 led to a rebound in the population, to about a million.
But in 1999 and 2008, due to pressure from countries in Asia and southern Africa, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) allowed two sanctioned sales of ivory. Evidence showed that more than 25,000 elephants were killed in Africa in 2012 alone.