African Elephant Ivory

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Elephant ivory has been used in huge amounts to make billiards balls, piano keys, identification chops and many other items for human enjoyment. Although hunting for ivory has been much more severe in Africa, there is no doubt that hunting and poaching has had an effect on the elephant numbers in Asia.

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What are African elephant tusks?

The tusks of elephants are elongated incisor teeth and are made of Ivory. One-third of an elephant’s tusk is hidden from view and is embedded deep in the elephant’s head. This part of the elephant’s tusks is a pulp cavity made up of nerves, tissues, and blood whereas the visible part of the elephant tusk is made up of dentine with an outer layer of enamel.

Are tusks found on both male and female African elephants?

For African elephants, tusks can be found on both males and females compared to Asian elephants where tusks are mainly seen only on males. About half of Asian female elephants have short tusks known as tushes. However, looking at an elephant’s tusk, the average size of tusks has decreased over the past hundred years due to the poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks. This has caused the African elephant’s “big tusk gene” to evolve and become progressively rare. Additionally, hunting of African elephants has resulted in “tusklessness” to become increasingly common among African elephants.

At what age do African elephants grow tusks?

Elephant tusks are present at birth but are only milk teeth and eventually the “baby tusks” fall out after one year of age. The permanent tusks of African elephants first start to appear at around two years of age by protruding from the lips and will continue to grow throughout the elephant’s lifetime. As long as an elephant’s tusks has not been broken or damaged, it can reveal an elephant age relative to other elephants.

What do African elephants use their tusks for?

The tusks on elephants can be used for many purposes. African elephant tusks are mainly used for protection, digging, lifting objects, and gathering food. African elephants will use their tusks as a defense mechanism against other wildlife predators or when another elephant charges toward them. During the dry season elephants will use their tusks to dig water holes in dry riverbeds to get water. To help gather food, elephants will use their tusks to strip bark from trees to eat. Also, elephant tusks are used to protect their sensitive trunk. Interestingly, just like humans tend to be right-hand or left-hand dominate, there is evidence to believe elephants tend to be right-tusked or left-tusked with the dominate tusk being known as the master tusk. The more worn-down tusk is an easy way to tell which tusk an elephant prefers to use.

Can an elephant regrow their tusks?

Unfortunately, an African elephant only grows one set of tusks during its lifetime. Elephant tusks are rootless similar to human baby teeth and therefore cannot regrow. However, elephant tusks do continue to grow in length throughout an elephant’s lifetime as long as they are not damaged. Elephant tusks grow in layers with the most inside layer being the last produced. The head of the tusks has a hollow cavity, but gradually becomes solid with a narrow nerve running through to the tip of the tusk.

How big are African elephant tusks?

African elephant tusks are curved forward and average around 5 to 8 feet (1.5-2.5 meters) in length and can weight around 50 to 99 pounds (23-45 kg) eachMale elephants grown significantly larger tusks than female elephants.

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Why do we need to protect African elephants?

African elephants have become an icon for Africa and are among the most intelligent animals in the world. Being the largest land animal, elephant play an important part in balancing the natural ecosystem. However, due to their beautiful ivory tusks poaching continues to take place. According to the Great Elephant Census, the Savanna African elephant population has declined by 30{98880d97af0555a3a517c8aae666eeb64e7bd6d49cbbe05617dcb138f6e48200} between 2007 and 2014 and the current rate of decline is 8{98880d97af0555a3a517c8aae666eeb64e7bd6d49cbbe05617dcb138f6e48200} every year, primarily due to poaching. Therefore, more than ever we need to protect them magnificent animals.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Can not handle the taste and smell

Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2013

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tastes like car lubricant Yuk!

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Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2013

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bought in this brand because of friends  recommendation. it’s ok: definitely authentic and original ivroy.But arrived all broken,had to figure out a way to use it so my money does not go to waste,since i only wanted to decorate my house with it as a historical archives.I have really never had luck on online shopping anyways.Guys Hope my next command will come undamaged!! Thanks for the delivery.
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Not my thing and took us a while to use,cuz it came damaged,though the delivery time was respected.But i will not buy again
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Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2016

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Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2012

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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped make an authentic necklace..

Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2014

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Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2013

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I was so sceptical to order here,and it turns my intuition was right,the product came already broken,as well as delayed so much and is of no use to me,since its all damaged.wnt buy again from this brand.
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2.0 out of 5 stars …  authentic natural …

Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2016

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This site is not that reliable as i expected,the delivery was delayed for two weeks,the goods arrived damaged too.wnt recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars distinctive colours and scent

Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2012

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