As is public knowledge, today thousands of elephants and rhinos are still hunted, it is estimated that more than 100 of them are killed by poachers every day by their tusks to meet the continued demand for ivory.
In March of last year the WWF global campaign group (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund), explained that there are only about 415,000 African elephants across the continent, about five million a century ago.
In many countries the commercialization of animal ivory is illegal, even in 1989 the sale of this product was illegalized worldwide, but in any case these animals are slaughtered for commercialization illegally in several countries, mostly in the Asian continent.
But what is being done to counteract this massacre? Many people, dedicated to the crafts and elaboration of figures of ivory, are opting to use seeds. That's right, they read well, they are using seeds, but not any seed, if not special seeds of South America called tagua.
The tagua is a whitish seed, it is obtained from the fruit called mocochá, which grows in palm trees, like coconut. These palms can reach up to 9 cm (3.5 inches) in length.
When the tagua dries, they become very hard. So hard, in fact, that its appearance, color and texture are identical to the animal ivory, it is for this reason that this seed is known as vegetable ivory.
Like ivory, tagua can be polished and carved, and turned into figures or ornamental gems, but using tagua as a substitute for ivory is nothing new. In fact, exports to Europe began in the 19th century to satisfy the demand for a raw material similar to ivory. In fact, the scientific name of the palm species that produce tagua is Phytelephas, which means elephant plant.
However, the tagua fell into darkness, today many people the term vegetable ivory or tagua is new, and unaware of its existence.
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