I’m an American Midwesterner without the training to take this anywhere. My local zoo doesn’t even have elephants.
I absolutely agree with the main objection to the idea of staining tusks as expressed by Prof Wasser (see the post of his email to me). In short, we cannot stain elephant tusks if we must knock elephants out even once to do so. Too dangerous to the elephants and prohibitively expensive.
This objection might be overcome with the right dye. I have the nerve to pursue this idea because if the right dye exists, I think it will come from specialists who could never imagine their professional paths crossing an elephant’s. Think cancer researchers who label (that is, dye) bone and marrow or cosmetic dental surgeons who study how our teeth get stained to learn how to unstain them. This blog hopes to be a crossroads.
If you can suggest people or organizations to contact or avenues to explore to find or even invent a dye, let me know or pursue them yourself.
If you’re skeptical, tell me what won’t work. If the idea is a complete non-starter, explain.