Illegal ivory business – level 3
Scientists performed DNA tests on over 4,000 elephant tusks from seized shipments, and the DNA showed family connections among African elephants.
Officials can use the connections to track and identify poaching areas and ivory trafficking networks at the center of an illegal trade that still continues to harm the population of Earth’s largest land animal. According to Samuel Wasse, a biologist at the University of Washington, once the ivory leaves Africa, it becomes very difficult to follow. The largest amount of ivory is now being smuggled out of Uganda through the Mombasa seaport. However, smugglers also use ports in Kenya and Nigeria.
Every year, people who poach kill at least 20,000 African elephants for their tusks. People can stop this illegal activity if they identify the middlemen in the whole network of poaching. If middlemen get arrested, nobody can buy the tusks from the poachers.
Difficult words: poach (to illegally hunt or catch animals), ivory (the hard white thing like a bone or tooth that makes the tusks of elephants), middlemen (the people who help buy things or sell things for other people).
You can watch the video news lower on this page.
What do you think about this news?
LEARN 3000 WORDS with NEWS IN LEVELS
News in Levels is designed to teach you 3000 words in English. Please follow the instructions
How to improve your English with News in Levels:
- Do the test at Test Languages.
- Go to your level. Go to Level 1 if you know 1-1000 words. Go to Level 2 if you know 1000-2000 words. Go to Level 3 if you know 2000-3000 words.
- Read two news articles every day.
- Read the news articles from the day before and check if you remember all new words.
- Listen to the news from today and read the text at the same time.
- Listen to the news from today without reading the text.
- Answer the question under today’s news and write the answer in the comments.