Report Estimates Enormous Economic Value of Living Elephants

According to iworry’s report from late 2014 a single dead elephant’s tusks are estimated to have a raw value of $21,000 (based on TRAFFIC estimate that an elephant carries an average of 5kg of ivory per tusk). By comparison, the estimated tourism value of a single living elephant is $1,607,624.83 over its lifetime to travel companies, airlines and local economies thanks to tourists willing to pay generously for a chance to see and photograph the world’s largest land mammal. That makes a living elephant, in financial terms, as valuable as 76 dead elephants. Read more here