LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - As many as 25,000 elephants are killed every year and up to 95 percent of the world’s rhinos have been lost in the past four decades due to the ivory and rhino horn trade, according to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).
In an effort to raise awareness about the ivory trade, "Nikita" star Maggic Q and WildAid Executive Director Peter Knights stopped by Good Day LA Friday morning to talk about a campaign with AWF, WildAid and Save the Elephants.
While California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill to close a loophole in the state's ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horns, Knights says there's still a lot of work to do.
The United States is one of the largest consumers of illegal wildlife products, Knights said.
"It's not just things like ivory," he added. "It's things like turtle eggs, it's things like caviar..."
WildAid works to fight the illegal wildlife trade in Africa and is hosting a gala Nov. 7 in Beverly Hills.
Guests scheduled to attend include Q, Chevy and Jayni Chase, Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Paula Abdul, Michael Cudlitz, Bo Derek and John Corbett, Kristin Bauer and Amy Tan.
Check out a preview of the gala's auction items, and tap here to purchase tickets for the event.