The demand for ivory in China has re-ignited the killing of elephants for ivory in the past few years. In 1800 there may have been nearly 26 million elephants around the world. In Asia its estimated that less than 50,000 elephants remain and in Africa around 500,000. Killing elephants for ivory is rampant and the removal of elephants from the Earth opens up land ready for development. Poverty and greed are causing one of the worlds most majestic land animals to soon reach extinction. There have been efforts to try and limit the destruction, but the only thing that seems certain is that at some point there will only be a handful of elephants let and humanity is going to find out how much they really care about them.