- An estimated 25,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in 2011.
- Around 34 tonnes of ivory was seized in 2012.
- Nearly 85 per cent of all ivory seized had come from or passed through East Africa.
- The number of animals that died for their tusks doubled in less than two years to approximately 360 in 2012.
Information from the Kenya Wildlife Service, National Geographic and International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Illegal poaching in Africa is being fuelled by a growing demand for ivory from wealthy consumers in China, and across Asia.
The poachers who slaughtered 12 elephants at the weekend were likely big-time gangsters fuelled by consumer demand in the Far East.
A family of 12 elephants has been killed and their tusks hacked off in the worst recorded incident of ivory poaching in Kenya's history.