Published on : Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Africa can add a sum of around $25 million to its annual tourism income, if it stops killing elephants for their tusks. While the figures are quite low compared to the estimated value of the black market ivory trade in China, it surely signifies about a fifth of tourist income for game parks in 14 countries, which houses majority of African elephants.
The economic benefits that these African elephants could deliver to African countries via tourism are important, and hence, conservation of elephants is vital and a wise investment for countries in the savanna regions of Africa.
The estimated value of ivory trade is approximately $600 million per year, highlighting economic difficulties of elephant conservation. Elephant count in Africa has reduced by about 30% overall between 2007 to 2014. The elephant tusks are used for ivory carvings in parts of Asia. Hence, elephant conservation should be prioritized and poaching should be restricted for increasing tourist revenue.
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