Federal regulations governing the trade and ownership of elephant ivory and other animal-derived objects are under constant review and subject to change at any time.
Join African Love now and get immediate access to African singles from Africa, the USA, UK, Germany, Canada and France.One way poachers get the big elephants they want is by shooting a baby elephant, first.The young animal won't have a lot of ivory on it, but the kill draws in the mother, whom the poachers then shoot, too, as Scientific American reported in 2009.We will continue to monitor these regulations in consultation with the USFWS and update this page as new or changing information becomes available. If you require more precise or complete information, we recommend you contact the U. Fish and Wildlife Service, or consult with a trusted antiques dealer. (The regulations governing Asian-elephant ivory remain unchanged.)If you are in possession of ivory that you would like to sell, you can use this digest of the regulations as a starting point in determining whether the law may allow you to sell, import or export your item.We also recommend you consult the USFWS resource "What can I do with my African elephant ivory? Commercial Purposes There is now no legal import of African-elephant ivory into the United States — whether it is raw ivory, worked ivory, an antique, or a brand-new object — for any commercial purpose.