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    Where ivory lives…so babies do


    Old customs and new wealth resurrected the desire for ivory trinkets and potions in Asia – surging elephant ivory poaching in Africa. And, at the African Elephant Summit in Botswana, researchers revealed a direct connection to the high death rates of infants in Africa.


    In 2012, 15,000 elephants were slaughtered for illegal ivory, outpacing the elephant birthrate. The local child birth rate that year? 1,400 mortalities per 10,000 live births.


    What's the birth connection? The locals are poverty-stricken. They see nothing from the sale of ivory. No money to care for pregnant mothers with birth problems. Those 15,000 elephants could have been a captivating attraction for profit-producing wildlife tourism – as is being developed in the protected Gabon wildlife refuge area.


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