A piece of elephant ivory the size of a medium knife handle is worth about $150-$200 U.S (Elephant Ivory Tusks). On average, one kg sold in China can run for about $1,500. The average lower to medium class African makes about $100 a year so by killing one elephant, a person can about three times as much than the he would by just farming or working as a laborer.
A ten-year study looked into the effects that were caused from the severe poaching in Africa, more specifically in Zambia’s North Luangwa National Park. The study revealed that from 1970 through 1980, 93% of elephants where killed (Owens). Then the study discovered that due to the severe poaching in the park, the age of reproduction in elephant females was greatly reduced.