Ivory Belongs On Elephants
The biggest threat to elephants is the ivory trade (followed by loss of habitat). When poachers kill an elephant for ivory, they go after the largest elephants: the bulls and the matriarchs. Because elephants live in close knit affectionate family units led by a matriarch, when she is killed, it puts her whole family in tragic confusion, trauma. grief and danger. The killing of the matriarch can destroy the whole family. They need her wisdom to guide them to water holes, feeding areas and to teach them how to survive.
Poachers and ivory traders don’t kill the babies who are left orphaned. So what happens to them? They die, end up alone in the wild with no elder to teach them how to survive or they get sold to circuses, zoos or to mahouts. Most elephant trainers beat the babies to teach them submission.
Elephants are killed for the ivory to make the carvings as shown below, sold openly in the United States: