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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Ivory Carving
Credit: USFWS.

Ivory Carving

Common Name: Asian and African Elephants
Scientific Name: Elephas maximus and Loxodonta africana
Protected Status: Elephas maximus: U.S. ESA - Endangered; CITES - App. I.; Loxodonta africana: U.S. ESA - Threatened; CITES - App. I or II, depending on subspecies and locality
Laboratory Section: Morphology
What’s the Story? This figurine is carved from elephant ivory. While elephant tusks are the most common source of ivory, a variety of other species also produce ivory that appears in wildlife trade. Go to [link with ivory identification]

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