The History of the Ivory Trade

View the third part of theNational Geographic educational series Battle for ElephantsThe History of the Ivory Trade.

The history of the ivory trade

Here are some discussion questions from the National Geographic website:

1. Why is it important to be aware of the history of the ivory trade?

2. What major factor influenced CITES’ decisions to allow the sale of stockpiled ivory, and what was the result of the decisions?

3. Why has bringing the world’s attention to the near-extinction of the elephant population in Africa been unsuccessful in stopping the killing of elephants?