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Elephant tusks. Piles of the tusks of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) killed for their ivory. Ivory, the outer coating of the tusk, is used in jewellery and is also believed to have medicinal properties by some Asian cultures. Ivory commands a high price, and many elephants are illegally slaughtered for their tusks. As a result, elephant populations are severely endangered.
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