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Booming trade in mammoth ivory fuels fears over elephants

Thursday 4th May 2017:

After being incarcerated in permafrost for thousands of years, global warming has seen woolly mammoths being taken from the ground as demand for ivory fuels a legal trade in the remains of the extinct species.

But concerns have been raised that the booming market for mammoth tusks could have a devastating effect on their modern-day cousins – African elephants.

Experts say about 10 million of the ancient creatures lie encased in the Arctic tundra, and the melting of the ice cap has seen about 60 tonnes of mammoth tusks a year being exported out of Siberia, with almost all of it ending up in China.

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