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West Africa's ivory trade thrives

A lively illegal trade in ivory is now flourishing in three populous states in West Africa, conservation groups say. They found more ivory in Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Senegal than the countries’ own elephant populations could produce. The wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic and the global conservation group WWF say West Africa’s vibrant ivory markets spur the poachers on. They believe much of the ivory their teams found will have come from animals slaughtered by gangs in central Africa. Any international ivory trade must be sanctioned by Cites, the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Full Story

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