By Joel Bouopda Tatou
Gabon's President Ali Bongo, left in brown suit, sets alight a pyre of elephant tusks and thousands of pieces of worked ivory, corresponding to ivory culled from roughly 850 dead elephants, in Libreville, Gabon, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Conservation organization WWF lauded Gabon's destruction of its ivory stocks, saying the move demonstrated the country's commitment to curbing poaching and the illegal ivory trade. CITES, the world body which regulates the international wildlife trade, last week issued a report saying that elephant poaching in Africa is at its highest rates since monitoring began in 2002. (AP Photo/Joel Bouopda Tatou) Photo.