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One of an elephant's most distinguishing attributes is a set of long, white curving teeth called tusks. These modified and elongated teeth are mostly canine teeth in a majority of mammals such as warthogs, walruses and wild pigs. In the case of elephants, tusks protrude from incisors and are important for survival in many ways.

Hippos, warthogs and narwhals use them for combat, walruses use them to pull themselves out of the water and male musk deer grown them only during the breeding season to attract mates. Have you ever seen the dental work of a babirusa or the tiny sharp tusks of rock hyraxes?

As we know, tusks equal ivory and the elephant is the most common prey for this illegally traded material causing an average of 22,000 African Elephant deaths a year from poaching. Walruses, warthogs, narwhals, hippos and even prehistoric mammoth tusks are targets for traders as well. Increasingly, conservation-minded artisans can turn to synthetic polyester ivory or tagua seeds to replace animal ivory in their projects.
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) pair fighting, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana
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00596091 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) pair fighting, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis) adult, head  -  Mark Newman/ FLPA
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80009341 Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis) adult, head© Mark Newman/ FLPA
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) bull, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway
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00598598 Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) bull, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway© Jami Tarris
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) drinking at waterhole, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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00584643 Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) drinking at waterhole, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa© Winfried Wisniewski
Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) males fighting, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada  -  Flip Nicklin
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00080565 Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) males fighting, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada© Flip Nicklin
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) pair fighting in water, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Shin Yoshino
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00910156 Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) pair fighting in water, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Shin Yoshino
Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) showing typical curved tusks, native to Indonesia  -  ZSSD
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00119258 Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) showing typical curved tusks, native to Indonesia© ZSSD
Cape Warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) pair fighting, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana
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00588998 Cape Warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) pair fighting, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis) showing tusks in defensive display, Augrabies Falls Park, South Africa  -  Vincent Grafhorst
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00543105 Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis) showing tusks in defensive display, Augrabies Falls Park, South Africa© Vincent Grafhorst
Barking Deer (Muntiacus muntjak) male, Indira Gandhi National Park, Western Ghats, India  -  Anup Shah
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00525436 Barking Deer (Muntiacus muntjak) male, Indira Gandhi National Park, Western Ghats, India© Anup Shah
Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) in surf, Chukotka, Russia
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00566055 Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) in surf, Chukotka, Russia© Mike Korostelev/ Biosphoto
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) ivory items without CITES documentation are seized by customs, France  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00621205 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) ivory items without CITES documentation are seized by customs, France© Cyril Ruoso
Siberian musk deer (Moschus moschiferus) male with tusks grooming, captive, Midlothian deer enclosure, UK, vulnerable species  -  Mark Bowler/ npl
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90092228 Siberian musk deer (Moschus moschiferus) male with tusks grooming, captive, Midlothian deer enclosure, UK, vulnerable species© Mark Bowler / NPL
Reeve's Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) adult male, head, licking face, with tusks showing, Sussex, England  -  Derek Middleton/ FLPA
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80070314 Reeve's Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) adult male, head, licking face, with tusks showing, Sussex, England© Derek Middleton/ FLPA
Eurasian Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) young male, feeding, close-up of snout and tusks, on wild boar farm, Devon, England, may  -  Paul Hobson/ FLPA
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80133658 Eurasian Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) young male, feeding, close-up of snout and tusks, on wild boar farm, Devon, England, may© Paul Hobson / FLPA
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) on ice using tusks as leverage, Svalbard, Norway
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00597658 Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) on ice using tusks as leverage, Svalbard, Norway© Heike Odermatt
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) confiscated ivory, evidence and property section, US Fish and Wildlife Service forensic lab  -  Gerry Ellis
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00201777 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) confiscated ivory, evidence and property section, US Fish and Wildlife Service forensic lab© Gerry Ellis
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bulls fighting, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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00583959 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bulls fighting, Kruger National Park, South Africa© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in territorial display, Mkhuze Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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00585531 Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in territorial display, Mkhuze Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa© Winfried Wisniewski
Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) male drooling before fight, France  -  Sylvain Cordier/ Biosphoto
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00548909 Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) male drooling before fight, France© Sylvain Cordier/ Biosphoto
Eurasian Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) young male, close-up of head, wallowing in mud, on wild boar farm, Devon, England, may  -  Paul Hobson/ FLPA
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80133654 Eurasian Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) young male, close-up of head, wallowing in mud, on wild boar farm, Devon, England, may© Paul Hobson / FLPA
Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) adult males, fighting, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Albert Visage/ FLPA
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80063923 Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) adult males, fighting, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Albert Visage/ FLPA
Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis) introduced species, adult male, standing alert, The Broads National Park, Norfolk, England  -  Simon Litten/ FLPA
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80085847 Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis) introduced species, adult male, standing alert, The Broads National Park, Norfolk, England© Simon Litten/ FLPA
Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) male surfacing, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada  -  Flip Nicklin
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00080746 Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) male surfacing, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada© Flip Nicklin
Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis) adult, alert, standing in long grass  -  Mark Newman/ FLPA
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80009342 Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis) adult, alert, standing in long grass© Mark Newman/ FLPA
Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) male wallowing in mud  -  Albert Visage/ FLPA
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80010048 Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) male wallowing in mud© Albert Visage/ FLPA
North Sulawesi Babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis) male, Sulawesi, Nantu Wildlife Sanctuary, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00541803 North Sulawesi Babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis) male, Sulawesi, Nantu Wildlife Sanctuary, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway
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00580485 Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway© Franco Banfi/ Biosphoto
Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis) adult male, showing upper tusks and lower incisors, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa  -  Chris and Tilde Stuart/ FLPA
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80088809 Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis) adult male, showing upper tusks and lower incisors, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa© Chris and Tilde Stuart/ FLPA
Reeve's Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) adult male, standing in long grass, England  -  Simon Litten/ FLPA
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80057986 Reeve's Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) adult male, standing in long grass, England© Simon Litten/ FLPA
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) in water, Svalbard, Norway  -  Alex Huizinga/ NIS
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00540133 Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) in water, Svalbard, Norway© Alex Huizinga/ NIS
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) yawning, Chobe National Park, Botswana  -  Winfried Wisniewski
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70024094 Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) yawning, Chobe National Park, Botswana© Winfried Wisniewski
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) adult with calf, close-up of trunks and feet, digging with tusks and feeding on mineral salts from salt lick, The Ark, Aberdare National Park, Aberdare Mountain R...  -  Philip Perry/ FLPA
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80144752 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) adult with calf, close-up of trunks and feet, digging with tusks and feeding on mineral salts from salt lick, The Ark, Aberdare National Park, Aberdare Mountain R...© Philip Perry / FLPA
Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) group with tusks above surface, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada  -  Flip Nicklin
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00080564 Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) group with tusks above surface, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada© Flip Nicklin
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) male, Kruger National Park, South Africa  -  Richard Du Toit
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00538073 Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) male, Kruger National Park, South Africa© Richard Du Toit
Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis), native to China
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00555739 Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis), native to China© Roland Seitre
Reeve's Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) adult male, browsing at edge of hedgerow, Norfolk, England  -  Paul Hobson/ FLPA
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80076475 Reeve's Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) adult male, browsing at edge of hedgerow, Norfolk, England© Paul Hobson/ FLPA
Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) male surfacing, Canadian Northwest Territories  -  Flip Nicklin
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00080586 Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) male surfacing, Canadian Northwest Territories© Flip Nicklin
Atlantic Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) resting on ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590016 Atlantic Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) resting on ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens), Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520484 Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens), Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) tusk carried by Sergey Gorshkov, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519358 Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) tusk carried by Sergey Gorshkov, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Nut Palm (Phytelephas sp) has seeds whose texture and color resemble ivory, carvings from the vegetable ivory for sale as artwork, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760100 Nut Palm (Phytelephas sp) has seeds whose texture and color resemble ivory, carvings from the vegetable ivory for sale as artwork, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Warthog (Phaecochoerus aethiopicus) males fighting, Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya  -  Denis Huot/ npl
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90388930 Warthog (Phaecochoerus aethiopicus) males fighting, Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya© Denis-Huot / NPL
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