In 1989, CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) issued an international ban on the ivory trade.
2013 saw the greatest quantity of ivory confiscated in the last 25 years.
The street value of a single tusk is approximately US$15,000.
The main market for illegal ivory is China, where a single tusk can fetch $100,000–200,000.
Tusks are found in African elephants of both sexes while only in Asian males.
An African bull’s tusks can grow to over 11 feet long and weigh 220 pounds.
May 2016, Kenya showed that it has zero-tolerance for the illegal ivory trade by torching 105 tons worth of ivory. The largest ivory burn in history.
June 2, 2016, US adopts a near-total ivory ban.
China has made several steps that indicate it might be heading towards a complete ban of commercial ivory.