Ivory from a poached elephant sells on the black market for about $21,000. A living elephant, on the other hand, is worth more than $1.6 million in ecotourism opportunities. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The report—“Dead or Alive? Valuing an Elephant” (pdf)—follows on the heels of similar reports that found that heavily poached species such as manta rays and sharks bring in significantly greater amounts of money from tourism and related activities than they ever do from poaching and illegal trade. [Read more]

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