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Li Chunke, a carver at the state-owned Beijing Ivory Carving factory, at work in his Beijing workshop. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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In China, A Shift Away From Trade In Ivory and Shark Fins

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Musi, an African elephant, is one of Fresno Chaffee Zoo's five elephants enrolled in the Elephant Welfare Initiative. Courtesy of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo hide caption

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Fitness Trackers Aim To Improve The Health And Happiness Of Zoo Elephants

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Elephant tusks totaling about 15 tons are set on fire during an anti-poaching ceremony at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, in March 2015. Conservationists say a pledge by China to stop the ivory trade is a possible game-changer in the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants. Khalil Senosi/AP hide caption

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China Says It Will Shut Down Its Ivory Trade in 2017

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For the last time, elephants were used in a performance by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus last night. The circus elephants are seen here during a show last month in Washington, D.C. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Kenya Wildlife Services ranger stands guard in front illegal stockpiles of burning elephant tusks at the Nairobi National Park on April 30, 2016. Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Up In Flames: Kenya Burns More Than 100 Tons Of Ivory

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African forest elephants stampede in the Central African Republic jungle. Courtesy of Cornell Lab or Ornithology hide caption

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To Decode Elephant Conversation, You Must Feel The Jungle Rumble

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Baby elephants are a welcome sight in Zakouma National Park in Chad. Thanks to stepped-up enforcement, the park hasn't lost an elephant to poachers since 2012. Without the stress of poaching, the elephants started breeding again and more than 40 calves have been born. Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine hide caption

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GPS Trackers In Fake Elephant Tusks Reveal Ivory Smuggling Route

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Mammoths had a distinctive version of a gene known to play a role in sensing outside temperature, moderating the biology of fat and regulating hair growth. That bit of DNA likely helped mammoths thrive in cold weather, scientists say. Courtesy of Giant Screen Films, 2012 D3D Ice Age, LLC/Penn State University hide caption

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Checking DNA Against Elephants Hints At How Mammoths Got Woolly

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A Maasai boy and his dog, near the skeleton of an elephant killed by poachers outside of Arusha, Tanzania, in 2013. Jason Straziuso/AP hide caption

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DNA Tracking Of Ivory Helps Biologists Find Poaching Hotspots

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Elephant acts at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be phased out by 2018, the circus' parent company said today. The elephants will retire to a conservation center in Polk City, Fla. Tamika Moore/AL.com/Landov hide caption

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Louis E. Pratt, master ivory cutter for Pratt, Read & Co., shows off eight ivory tusks, April 1, 1955. Courtesy of Deep River Historical Society hide caption

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Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

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An elephant in Kenya's Tsavo East National Park, home to some 13,000 of these remarkable animals. Ivan Lieman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An elephant at the Emmen, Netherlands, zoo stands at the edge of a ditch in 2009, a day after another elephant fell into the ditch and died. Olaf Kraak/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The arrival of African elephants at a Tucson zoo prompted a call for the zoo's fans to contribute leafy snacks. This file photo shows African elephants at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in 2011. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Zoo Tells City: Please Feed The Animals

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A family of elephants in Kenya's Maasai Mara game reserve. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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