Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra opened the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species saying: "No one cares more about elephants than the Thai people".
She added: "I believe Thailand will be a strong ally to fight illicit global trafficking in ivory"
An international conference to halt the rise in ivory and rhino horn poaching ended in Bangkok, with campaigners feeling 'disappointed'.
Wildlife campaigners believe an opportunity to halt the rise in ivory and rhino horn poaching has been missed at the CITES conference.
There appears to be a perfect storm and animals which have been on the planet for millions of years may be wiped out.