Elephant tusks

Chinese buyers need to be educated on the ivory trade, says safari expert

Richard Knocker is a safari guide in East Africa. Photo: Sam Tsang

A veteran safari guide from Africa says the only way to stop the illegal trade in elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns to China is by educating mainland buyers.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 7:25am

Man held for sawing off tusk of elephant skeleton at Paris museum

The damaged exhibit at Paris' Museum of Natural History. Photo: AFP

A man was arrested for allegedly breaking into Paris' Museum of Natural History and using a chainsaw to cut off a tusk from a centuries-old elephant skeleton.

Police said a neighbour of the Left Bank museum alerted authorities after hearing the sawing sound in the early hours at the weekend.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:34am

Build a monument to illegal ivory trade

A shop displaying ivory in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: EPA

What an intriguing question was raised in the reports, "Ivory haul proves a tough sell to schools" (March 15) and "A 16-tonne headache for conservation officers" (March 14).

There are more elephant tusks in Hong Kong now (probably what remains of over 2,000 slaughtered elephants) than in many African countries where elephant populations have been depleted.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:55am

Ivory haul poses 16-tonne headache for Hong Kong's conservation officers

An elephant in Pattaya yesterday creates a painting depicting a shot elephant with words in Thai reading "Stop Killing Me". Photo: EPA

What do you do with 16 tonnes of elephant tusks? Conservation officers wrestling with that problem have shelved - for the time being - the idea of incinerating the growing stock of illegal ivory seizures after opposition from their advisers.

14 Mar 2013 - 8:32am 10 comments