Africa is losing millions of tourist dollars because of illegal poaching

Published on : Thursday, March 9, 2017

AfricaElephant population is gradually declining as a result of ivory trade. Every year, more than 20,000 are killed by poachers. Various environmental campaigners and animal rights groups are toiling for years to stop this radical drop in the number of elephants.

However, sustainable tourism has been considered as one of the best solutions and providing another source of income to the residents of these areas. Nevertheless, the high price at the poaching market for ivory is actually keeping this market thriving for years.

The next question that was posed by World Wildlife Fund – if money keeps this black market of ivory alive, can dollars provide an incentive to stop it? Environmental organizations along with Cambridge and Vermont have conducted an extensive study on economic impact of illegal hunting on travel and tourism.


The outcome of the results was really depressing as it came to the forefront that African tourism sector loses $25 million each year as a result of elephant poaching. To quote Christoph Heinrich, director of nature conservation at WWF Germany, ‘’ Poaching is not only an ecological catastrophe. It also has a substantial economic disadvantage’’. One of the world’s largest illegal international trades, smuggling of wildlife comes after by narcotics counterfeiting and human trafficking.


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