Ivory tower

A tusk-shaped memorial to elephants poached for their ivory will be on display at the Museum in Docklands throughout the summer. The artefact, commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is made from bangles, piano keys, knife handles and entire tusks gleaned from a nationwide ivory amnesty launched by the fund. It will feature alongside displays exploring the role of London's 20th century docks where 200 tonnes of ivory arrived each year. Since 1900, the number of elephants worldwide has dwindled from about 10 million to around 500,000 in Africa and around 50,000 in Asia. The fund wants a UK Government crackdown to stop traders flouting laws by staining pieces to make them look antique.

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