By Diana Neille
The market for ivory needs to be tackled before any real efforts against the fight against poaching will be noticed, elephant experts said on Monday - World Elephant Day.
"There's a huge market driving the slaughter of elephants all over Africa," said elephant immuno-contraception expert, Dr Henk Bertschinger.
"The best course of action [against poaching\ is to target the markets abroad where they're using this ivory."
Bertschinger has been an integral part of the implementation of immunocontraception as a humane means of managing growing elephant herds in South Africa.
While elephants are thriving in South Africa, conservationists worry it is only a matter of time before they are targeted in similar volumes as in Tanzania, Kenya and Cameroon.
"[Poachers\ are now coming down into Mozambique," said Bertschinger.
"I'm not sure how long it will take to get into the Kruger National Park."
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