Research shows that legal sale of ivory increased smuggling by 71%.
Stance on ivory trade in Africa is not unified, with some countries calling for a global ban although others are open to elephant ivory trade.
Yahoo sold sold an estimated 12 tonnes of elephant tusks and fashioned pieces of ivory on its Japanese auction site
Killing elephants and rhinos for even a part of their bodies wounds our humanity and lives.
Poaching linked to crime syndicates has seen 85 000 tuskers being slaughtered in five years.
Lifting ivory and rhino horn trade bans could translate to an economic turnaround for Africa, where the black market for animal products is thriving.
It is not only armed insurgent and rebel groups that fuel the slaughter of elephants, it is also greed.
Tanzania claims the report about Chinese diplomats smuggling ivory was 'cooked up'.
Officials who visited Tanzania with President Xi Jinping took advantage of the lack of security checks to buy large amounts of ivory, say activists.
Intelligence chiefs have red-flagged wildlife poaching as a security risk, saying proceeds from the crime are being used to fund terror groups.
A report has shown that political and military elites are seizing protected areas, putting Zimbabwe at risk of becoming a front for ivory poaching.
New UN resolutions bring sanctions against illegal wildlife and resource traders who support armed groups committing social atrocities in Africa.
Malaysian customs have seized 24 tonnes of unprocessed elephant tusks worth almost $20-million, the largest haul in the country to date.
Two men have been arrested at Cape Town Airport for the illegal possession of elephant tusks following a tip-off by airport officials, say police.
Interpol says its biggest operation against ivory traffickers has led to more than 200 arrests and yielded nearly two tonnes of illegal ivory.
A Chinese man has been arrested in Cape Town for possessing ivory and elephant tusks.
Conservationists say regulating trade in ivory and rhino horn is getting tougher because syndicates are becoming more sophisticated.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare has called for a ban on the ivory trade after Malaysia seized a shipment of illegal tusks from Cape Town.