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Wildlife crime is a business that is run by dangerous international networks Species in the wild life are trafficked much like illegal arms and drugs It is almost impossible to have the right figures for the value of illegal wildlife trade Some experts at TRAFFIC the wildlife trade monitoring network estimate that it runs into hundreds of millions of dollars Some examples of illegal wildlife trade are poaching tigers for their skins and bones and elephants for ivory However other species are similarly overexploited such as timber trees and marine turtlesThis essay is going to talk about the illegal and legal elephant poaching Moreover it will include the ivory trade between China and Africa explaining how dangerous this may be on elephants future in Africa Furthermore the essay will explain how elephant are important for the wild life in Africa and why poachers kill elephants although they know that it is an endangered animal Talking about elephants there are two different type of elephants in Africa the small forest elephant with its rounder ears and straighter tusks may be found in central and western Africa in the equatorial forests while the majesticsavannah elephant that could be foundin woodlands and grassy plainsIt have been two decades since the global ivory trade was banned yet there are new fears that legal poaching is becoming more ramped due to the increase involvement of organised crime cartels Between 2008 and 2009 the number of illegal ivory seized doubled Most of it comes from Africa to china the main destination On the ground of Africa animal conservationists are risking their lives to protect the elephants but elephant poaching seems to be a habit for some Africans to gain back small amount of money Truly elephant poachers are not the ones who profit from their killing but the silent partners are the ones who get all the
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