Thailand is playing host to an international summit on the protection of endangered species and its prime minister has vowed to work towards banning her country's trade in ivory.
Last year, as many as 32,000 elephants were slaughtered worldwide for their tusks and 668 rhinos were poached for their horns in South Africa.
The biggest market for smuggled ivory is China, which is also facing increased calls for government-run market in ivory to end.
ITV News' Angus Walker reports.
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.