Vermont for Wildlife
Hippo teeth are often seen by consumers as a legal alternative to elephant ivory. However, demand for hippo teeth is increasingly threatening the long-term survival of this species. Like elephant ivory, hippo ivory (teeth) is carved into sculptures and trinkets and highly sought after in China and the United States. There is both a legal trade and a vast illegal trade—as evidenced by a 2017 University of Hong Kong study that found more hippo teeth brought into Hong Kong than were reported leaving African countries.
Why Is This Country Auctioning Off Hippo Teeth?
Missing teeth: Discordances in the trade of hippo ivory between Africa and Hong Kong