By Amelia Meyer
The most famous and demanded of elephant products is ivory. However, all sales of ivory are banned until 2016 by the United Nations' Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. This does not, unfortunately, mean that it is not used on the black market. Poachers still kill elephants in large numbers for their tusks, which are used in the East for medicinal purposes.
South Africa has one of the best conservation initiatives for the elephant. It has, in fact, been such a success that elephant culling has had to be implemented. This involves the decision to kill off an entire herd or no elephant at all.