How do they get the elephants in those “small” tombs?
- When an elephant dies, the body is buried in sand (first ceremony).
- It stays for a couple of years, so insects can clean it, until the bones are free.
- During a second ceremony, hip bones, cranium and other bones are brought to the elephant cemetery, and laid to rest in a specially designed tomb.
Facts about Elephants:
- Are the largest land mammals
- They have ability to communicate over long distances through vibrations
- An elephant is pregnant for 2 years
- Has calves every 4-5 years
- There are two main types of elephant, the Asian and the African, the latter being the biggest.
- Elephants are born with an advanced level of brain development, which they use to recognize the complex social structure of the herd and to feed themselves with their trunks.
- 25,000 elephants died last year by illegal poaching.
- The ivory trade is the commercial, often illegal trade in the ivory tusks of the hippopotamus, walrus, narwhal,mammoth, and most commonly, Asian and African elephants.
- A single large tusk sold in the black market is worth $6,000 dlls. Enough to support a Kenyan worker for 10 yrs
- From 1979-1989 an elephant died every 10 minutes.
- Most of the worlds countries agreed to ban international trade of ivory in 1989 with exception of many African countries.
- China legally bought 73 tons of ivory from Africa in 2008, poaching and smuggling have soared since then.
- In Asian countries, Ivory is though to remove bad spirits.
- Ivory carving is an art. there are carving studios and 12 national master carvers.
- Demand still grows in China. The government has licensed 35 carving factories and 230 ivory retail outlets.
- There are 40,000 Asian elephants estimated to be left in the wild
- Poachers are using poisoned watermelons to kill elephants so they wont attact guards with gunshots.
- Elephant poaching has lead to also dead rangers and poachers
- An x-ray in Bangkok last year found 247 large tusks, valued at $3 million dlls in shipping container of frozen mackerel from Kenya
- Containers of recycled plastic found in Malaysia with 700 tusks bound for China.
- A rented Chinese fishing boat returned from Philipinnes with 770 tusks.
- Thailand allows internal trading of ivory from domesticated Asian elephants, and smuggled African ivory finds its way in the mix.
- The US bans ivory imports