- Recent bans against ivory trade have resulted in decreased demand
- Some regard ivory carving as an endangered art form
- Alternative materials, like the use of mammoth tusks, are on the rise
Beijing (CNN)When Li Chunke started carving ivory in 1964, the number of elephants in Africa was still on the rise. Demand for ivory in China was practically non-existent and tusks could be bought for under $7 a kilogram.