Welcome to South Africa Ivory Trade

Who is South Africa Ivory Trade?

We are Legal registered South African government Ivory traders in trading various animals horns and tusk which have been authorized by the Department of forestry and wildlife affairs of South Africa .
We ONLY sale Tucks and ivories gotten from pre-banned elephant ivory trade, government owned ivories, foreign ivories from other countries for scientific research, ivories gotten from legal private and government Zoos, ivories gotten from local Auction sales, we also get them from Animals that died of natural illnesses, we also get ivories from philanthropist who gives them out for donation to help other endangered species as well as orphanages.
we also get ivories from illegal poachers of these species and  from illegal smugglers out of Africa

Reasons for the sale of these Tusks
The Cites Standing Committee has given the go-ahead on July 16, 2008, to the one-off sale of ivory that was agreed in principle more than a year ago.
Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are now authorized to make a single sale of a total of 108 tons of government-owned ivory. The following quantities of raw ivory have been approved: Botswana: 43,682.91 kg, Namibia: 9,209.68 kg, South Africa: 51,121.8 kg, and Zimbabwe: 3,755.55 kg. The Committee also agreed to designate China as an importing country. Japan had already been allowed to import ivory in 2006. Both countries stated that they would closely monitor their domestic markets.
South Africa has today welcomed the decision and a way, will send a delegation to both China and Japan shortly, to assess their enforcement capacity and also to look at their compliance with Cites regulations. Mava Scott, spokesperson for the department of environmental affairs and tourism says the visit by the delegation is a step to satisfy the South African government about the integrity of these accredited buyers’ systems as it relates to the transaction.
“Thereafter, we will deliberate on the approach for the method of sale of the ivory, as the accreditation of China as a purchaser will trigger dynamic market forces which would not have been possible with Japan alone. The bargaining is likely to be beneficial to South Africa,” he said. All the proceeds of the sale are to be used exclusively for elephant conservation and local communities living side-by-side with elephants.
From Cites side, secretary-general of the Convention, Mr Willem Wijnstekers, said “The Secretariat will closely supervise this sale and evaluate its impact on elephant population levels throughout Africa. We will continue monitoring the Chinese and Japanese domestic trade controls to ensure that unscrupulous traders do not take this opportunity to launder ivory from illegal origin.” Cites banned the international commercial ivory trade in 1989.
In 1997, recognizing that some southern African elephant populations were healthy and well managed, it permitted Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe to make a one-time sale of ivory to Japan totaling 50 tons. This sale took place in 1999 and raised some USD 5 million for elephant conservation. The main reason for the sale of these tusks is to raise funds in protecting our wildlife and to help other international organizations to the fight of other venerable species

our products are  government & conservation authority approved, backed up by the ministry  department of forestry and wildlife affairs(dfwa.co.za)

Some products can only be shipped internationally in limited quantity but  if you want to buy more than the limited quantity then we will have to ship it separately one quantity after the other( the other will be shipped once the other arrives) We hope to stop the illegal trafficking of this horns and tusks round the world.

Feel the quality, appreciate the beauty and understand the importance.
. Should you want to write to us please feel free to do so with any comments or suggestions…… Email us air freighted straight away once an order is placed and terms are discussed with the sales manager . Some items however are limited in stock and this will be stated on our website prior to ordering.

The meeting with CITES is expected to be held in June this year.
The South African and Botswana Press Association has reported that South Africa and Botswana  plans to appeal to CITES (Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna) to sell a stockpile of more than 400 tonnes of ivory.

The ivory comes from elephants that have died of natural causes, been destroyed as rogue animals or have been poached. Almost eight tonnes of ivory were also confiscated by port authorities, mostly at the Kruger park and  Kazungula border post. Botswana previously sold 17 tonnes of ivory to Japan in 1999 when CITES authorized a one-off sale of 60 tonnes of ivory from southern African countries. Botswana’s elephant population is estimated to stand at about 150 000 elephants.

The ivory trade is demanding its pound of flesh from the African elephant.
In 2011, Kenya lost 278 elephants to poachers, compared to 177 in 2010. Today only an estimated 360 000 elephants roam the continent, compared to 700 000 in 1990.

University of Notre Dame researchers Elizabeth Archie and Patrick Chiyo studies elephants in Kenya, and particularly, the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP), located just north of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya, which is the longest running study of wild elephants.

Archie’s Notre Dame Lab combines fieldwork and genetics research to understand the causes and consequences of social behavior in wild mammals. Her research team examines how migration, mating and social patterns impact the genetics and evolution of a species and its fitness and susceptibility to diseases. The researchers observe the animals, collect dung and other samples, which are then analysed in the lab.

Their findings are revealing interesting insights into elephant population genetics and social behavior, as well as how human activities alter elephants’ social and genetic structures.

Their research has found that female elephants form strong and lasting social ties with the members of their natal core group.

However, male elephants move away from their core natal group at maturity and never join a new core group permanently.

Poaching interrupts the beneficial female social relationships and could lead to lower reproductive rates for females, further reducing the species. For male elephants, age is an important predictor of reproductive success. Poaching appears to reduce the age of first reproduction for males, which may increase the rate at which genetic diversity is lost from natural elephant populations.

Archie and Chiyo have also investigated the “crop raiding” behavior of African elephants. Scientists have determined that crop raiding is a male elephant preference, but that not all males participate. The Notre Dame Researchers found that up to 20 percent of males may be crop raiders, and males are twice as likely to raid at their reproductive peak.

Males older than 45 were twice as likely to raid, although some males in their 20’s also participated in the raiding. The researchers discovered that younger males were more likely to raid if they were following older role models.

Our fight against illegal poaching

Custom officials seized 46 elephant tusks in Cape Town on July 9, 2012
The tusks, valued at about US$1,5-million, were hidden behind boxes of wine in two shipping containers destined for Hong Kong. Two men were arrested and appeared in court in Cape Town the following day.

“This is fifth ivory related incident linked to Cape Town since last November,” said Jason Bell, Director of IFAW’s Elephant Program. “Like all international trafficking we know that seizures reveal only the tip of the iceberg compared to the true scale of the problem. Given the numbers of ivory-crimes linked to Cape Town in the past months, it’s high time we began worrying about the city as a transit point for illegal ivory.”

Media reports of ivory related crime since November include:

Seizure in Hong Kong in mid-November 2011 of a mixed consignment of elephant ivory items and rhinoceros horn, valued at a total of US$17,4-million. Seized from a ship that had departed from Cape Town.
Seizure in Port Klang, Malaysia in January 2012 of elephant tusks weighing 500 kgs and valued at US$760,000 hidden in a container labeled “polyester and strand matting”. Port of origin, Cape Town.
Appearance in court in Cape Town in January 2012 of two Chinese nationals caught in illegal possession of 15 full elephant tusks, and 22 partial tusks among other ivory items.
Arrest in Cape Town in March 2012 of a Chinese national for possession of ivory and elephant tusk.
Conviction in April 2012 of a Cape Town curio shop owner for illegal possession of ivory worth about US$4-million.
Seizure on 11 July 2012 of 46 elephant ivory tusks, reported value US$1,5-million, found in shipping containers in a Cape Town storage facility and intended for delivery to Hong Kong.
Bell said the illegal ivory trade was constantly searching to develop new transit points from which to smuggle their goods.

Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo burned 1,200 ivory tusks plus assorted ivory carvings showing his commitment to tackle elephant poaching and illegal wildlife trade.
A number of dignitaries were present for the historic event, which follows a period of intense poaching pressure in Central Africa, where the illegal killing of elephants for ivory is at record levels.

President Bongo spoke of the importance of inviting the international community to witness the symbolic act of destroying the country’s ivory, noting it was a matter of national security. 
He told the assembled dignitaries about the special unit Gabon had created within the National Parks Agency to tackle ivory poaching, and how Gabon, as the country with the most elephants in Central Africa, was issuing a strong message to the poachers and traffickers that their actions were unacceptable.

He reiterated that Gabon would work with the Department of Justice to review penalties, and ensure people committing wildlife crimes would be prosecuted and sent to prison.
“Gabon has a policy of zero tolerance for wildlife crime and we are putting in place the institutions and laws to ensure this policy is enforced,” he said.
He said there is a need for regional co-operation to tackle wildlife crime, whereby anti-poaching measures in one country needed to be followed up by action in neighboring countries too.

“Today we have witnessed a paramount event for the Central Africa region,” said Stefanie Conrad, WWF Central Africa Regional Office Representative.

“It is hugely symbolic that a head of state has taken leadership in sending a signal to the outside world that illegal wildlife trafficking will not be tolerated.”

WWF and TRAFFIC worked with Gabon to independently audit its government-owned ivory stockpile before it was destroyed to ensure that all tusks were accounted for and none had leaked into illegal trade. 

The audited ivory stock totaled 4,825 kilograms, including 1,293 pieces of rough ivory mainly composed of tusks and 17,730 pieces of worked ivory.