Martin was found dead in his house. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
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Prominent investigator of ivory, rhino horn trade killed in KenyaA leading American investigator into the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade has been found stabbed to death in his home, Kenyan police and officials said Monday. The 76-year-old American geographer led investigations into the illegal trade of elephant ivory and rhino horn that threatens the two species with extinction, Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu said.Illicit demand for elephant ivory has led to devastating losses from illegal poaching as the natural habitat available for the animals to roam has also dwindled by more than half.The price of rhino horn skyrocketed as demand has grown in Asian countries, mainly China and Vietnam, where consumers wrongly believe that the horn made of the same substance as fingernails has powerful healing properties.
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