Trade in elephant tusks is, of course, now regulated internationally, in an effort to curtail poaching and save the species.
The ivory from elephants living in the highlands is softer and more desirable than ivory from elephants living in marshy areas.
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|Prime||Tusks weighing more than 20 pounds.|
|scrivelloes||Tusks weighing less than 20 pounds.|
|ball scrivelloes||Scrivelloes large enough to make billiard balls.|
|bagatelles||Too small to make billiard balls|
Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce.
Daily Consular and Trade Reports.
Nos. 75-151; Volume 2; April, May and June 1913.
Washington: U.S.G.P.O., 1913.
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