Ivory FAQs:


Q: Is ivory a hard?

A: Yes, and white material from the tusks and teeth of animals, that can be used in art or manufacturing.

Q: Was ivory crushed in New York's Times Square by the Wildlife Conservation Society to send a message that the illegal trade will not be tolerated?

A: Yes.

Q: Is ivory rare and costly?

A: Yes, and because mammoths have been extinct for millennia, and scientists are loath to sell museum-worthy specimens in pieces.

Q: Is ivory used today to make handcrafted knives and similar implements?

A: Yes.

Q: Was ivory often used to form the white of the eyes of statues?

A: Yes.

Q: Was ivory also used to craft the faces and hands of Catholic icons and images of saints prevalent in the Santero culture?

A: Yes.

Q: Is ivory recorded after the Chinese explorer Zhang Qian ventured to the west to form alliances to enable the eventual free movement of Chinese goods to the west?

A: Yes, as early as the first century BC, ivory was moved along the Northern Silk Road for consumption by western nations.

Q: Is ivory the most important source?

A: Yes, and but ivory from mammoth, walrus, hippopotamus, sperm whale, killer whale, narwhal and wart hog are used as well.

Q: Was ivory prized for containers due to its ability to keep an airtight seal?

A: Yes.

Q: Was ivory the material of choice for making the handles of kris daggers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is ivory now seriously on the increase?

A: Yes.