GABON BURNS IVORY STOCKPILES‎. A guard supervises the burning of more than ten thousand pounds of ivory in Libreville, Gabon June 27,2012, making Gabon the first central African country to publicly burn its ivory. The government-held stockpile represents roughly 850 elephants that must have been killed for their ivory. The cache—which included more than 1,200 tusks and 17,000 pieces of carved ivory confiscated since 1985—is valued at a million euros, according to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which has worked with Gabon to audit its ivory stocks. Gabon's president Ali Bongo ignited the ivory pyre, a fiery act intended to snuff out a recent spike in poaching. Photo courtesy WWF

Last Updated: 2012-06-28

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