Ko Myo/Panos Pictures

Thar Paung, Irrawaddy, Myanmar ( Burma )

To cremate the body, a villager pours gasoline over the rotten carcass of a wild elephant that had been killed and skinned by poachers in the forest reserve. Neighbouring China has an increasing appetite for elephant skin, teeth, tusks, tails, and other body parts to be used in traditional medicine, aphrodisiacs, and jewellery. This has turned Myanmar into a poaching hotspot with a new trendâ"elephants being killed for their skin, whereas in the past they were mostly hunted only for ivory.ÂElephants are typically shot with poisoned darts or high-velocity rifles and die a prolonged and painful death before being skinned or decapitated for their tusks.ÂAccording to the organization Save the Elephants, the wholesale price of an elephant tusk dropped from $2100Âa kilo in 2014 to less than $1000 in 2017, thanks to an effective ban in China. However,Âthe wildlife trade monitoring organization Traffic puts the price of elephant skin at about $120 a kiloâ"up from $10â"20 ten years ago.

Object Name
Ko Myo/Panos Pictures
Thar Paung, Irrawaddy
Myanmar ( Burma )
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High Resolution
5000 x 3333 pixels
42.33 x 28.22 cm (300 dpi)
16.67 x 11.11 inch (300 dpi)
8.7 MB size on disk
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