Illegal ivory business – level 2

09-03-2022 15:00

Every year, people illegally kill at least 20,000 African elephants. They kill them for their tusks, which they then sell mainly to Asia.

The work to stop the illegal ivory business is difficult, but scientists came up with an idea that could help. Scientists did DNA tests on more than 4,000 tusks that police seized in ports. The tests showed that some of the animals belonged to the same family. It helped police know where some of the killings took place.

Most ivory leaves Uganda through Mombasa, but the places change, so it is not easy for police to arrest anyone.

Difficult words: tusk (one of the two long teeth of some animals, for example, elephants), ivory (the white hard thing which is a part of long elephant’s teeth), seize (to take hold of something and keep it).

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