The Economics of the Illicit Ivory Trade

View the second part of theNational Geographic educational series Battle for Elephants: The Economics of the Illicit Ivory Trade.

he economics of the illicit ivory trade

Here are some discussion questions from the National Geographic website:

1. In efforts to halt the illegal trade in poached ivory, Kenya has burned stockpiles of tusks and the Philippine government crushed more than 5 tons of ivory tusks. In what ways might these actions help or hurt efforts to halt the killing of elephants for their tusks—the supply side of the illicit trade?

2. The film poses the question of which competing force should be stopped to solve the problem of the illegal ivory trade—and the resulting dwindling of the elephant population. Why do you think investigative journalist Bryan Christy believes stopping the demand side will do more to halt the poaching?