Tag: Taking Action

Cameroon: ECCAS Gets Emergency Combat Strategies for Elephant Massacre

Mar. 24, 2013 - Ministers of Defence, Forestry and External Relations of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) have adopted an emergency combat plan for growing poaching of protected and endangered animal species, especially elephant massacre that is disturbingly gaining grounds in the sub-region. All Africa

CITES gets it right at last

Mar. 21, 2013 - Nature, perhaps the world's foremost scientific journal, hails the new resolve to protect wildlife witnessed at this year's CITES conference. Nature

Landmark IUCN report on elephants

Mar. 6, 2013 - A report by the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group is out today, showing a 'definite' continental population of 423,549 elephants. If all probable, possible and speculative figures added the total comes to 658,262. The Proportion of Illegally Killed elephants across all four regions of Africa was over 0.5, likely indicating an unsustainable level of elephant mortality. IUCN

Thai PM opens CITES in Bangkok

Mar. 5, 2013 - Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra's speech at the opening ceremony for the CITES 16th Conference of the Parties on March 3 in Bangkok, Thailand. She spoke of how the Thai people love and revere elephants as part of their culture; she promised to “work towards amending the national legislation with the goal of putting an end to ivory trade and to be in line with international norms.“ Save the Elephants

Tusk tracking will tackle illegal trade

Feb. 27, 2013 - International treaties meant to protect elephants are not working. Researchers estimate that tens of thousands of African elephants are now being killed by poachers each year, from a total wild population of around 400,000. “It doesn’t take much math to show we have a serious, urgent problem,” says Samuel Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Nature

Vatican takes action on devotional ivory

Jan. 22, 2013 - Following a campaign led by the National Geographic Society the Vatican has responded to calls for them to take action on the religious use of ivory. The Vatican has committed to bringing up the matter with the Pontifical council for Justice and Peace, as well as broadcasting messages about the issue on its global Vatican Radio channels. The Vatican press office

Blog: Protecting the Mali Elephants from War

Jan. 21, 2013 - Mali is at war. The year –long and now escalating conflict(s) in Mali pose a real threat to the Gourma Elephants, so we have adapted our planning and on-the-ground work to proactively anticipate issues. The Wild Foundation

Film to raise awareness of the impact of the ivory trade

Jan. 21, 2013 - Three hard-hitting trailers have been released by the African Environmental Film Foundation to raise awareness and funding for a non-commercial educational film called "White Gold". The film will be narrated in multiple languages, including Mandarin, and will be used to reach out to audiences in the ivory consumer markets, including China, as well as being distributed across 46 countries in Africa. IVORY & TERRORISM: http://bit.ly/WF0CHI [VIDEO]

National Geographic take on the Vatican over devotional ivory

Jan. 17, 2013 - Vatican Stand on Religious Use of Ivory Would Help Slow Illegal Killings of Elephants The religious use of ivory is among the least publicized and seemingly most easily correctable drivers of the massive elephant slaughter now taking place across Africa. Only last week, scandal erupted in Sri Lanka over the proposed delivery of seized ivory to a Buddhist monastery. A Voice for Elephants Blog, National Geographic Magazine

Kenyan officials impound two tonnes of ivory: police

Jan. 14, 2013 - NAIROBI — Officials in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa have impounded more than 600 pieces of ivory, weighing two tonnes, they said Tuesday, the latest in a series of seizures by Kenyan authorities. Agence France Presse

Kenya: Inquiry On Poaching to Be Created

Jan. 12, 2013 - A commission of inquiry is to be set up into the rampant poaching of rhinos and elephants. This follows the slaughter of a family of 12 elephants, including a 2 month old baby, in Tsavo East National Park last week. The Star

Kenyan premier appeals for aid in poaching menace

Jan. 9, 2013 - NAIROBI — Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga appealed Wednesday for international aid in helping the east African country deal with an escalating poaching menace. Agence France Presse

KWS rangers pursuing a Tsavo poaching gang (Kenya)

Jan. 7, 2013 - A ranger inspects an elephant carcass in this undated photo. Eleven elephants have been confirmed poached and tusks chopped off on Saturday (January 5, 2013) at Bisadi area of Tsavo East National Park. Kenya Wildlife Service

A Poacher's Redemption

Dec. 29, 2012 - ARCHER’S POST, Kenya — Julius Lokinyi was one of the most notorious poachers in this part of Kenya, accused of single-handedly killing as many as 100 elephants and selling the tusks by the side of the road in the dead of night, pumping vast amounts of ivory into a shadowy global underground trade. But after being hounded, shamed, browbeaten and finally persuaded by his elders, he recently made a remarkable transformation. Elephants, he has come to believe, are actually worth more alive than dead... The New York Times

Ivory sales must stop or Africa's elephants could soon be extinct, says Jane Goodall

Dec. 15, 2012 - Jane Goodall, one of the world's greatest conservationists, has made an impassioned plea for a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory to prevent the extinction of the African elephant. The Observer

Tanzania cracks down on illegal ivory poaching

Dec. 15, 2012 - DAR ES SALAAM, Dec. 14 — The Tanzanian government has launched a crackdown to stem illegal animal poaching, particularly of elephant tusks, in the country, a senior official said on Friday. The crackdown, which has been carried on for a number of weeks, now has nabbed a number of illegal elephant tusk dealers, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Lazaro Nyalandu said in an interview, without divulging their number. Xinhua

Trio caught with 78 jumbo tusks after car chase (Tanzania)

Dec. 12, 2012 - Iringa. Police here have seized 78 elephant tusks, almost all of them ripped off baby and cow elephants. Only two belonged to a young bull. The Citizen

Immense Cache of Smuggled Ivory Is Seized in Malaysia

Dec. 11, 2012 - NAIROBI, Kenya — Malaysian authorities said Tuesday that they had uncovered more than 1,000 smuggled elephant tusks hidden in secret compartments in two shipments of mahogany, a staggeringly large seizure that several conservationists said was the biggest in history. New York Times

Thinking Big: The Secret of Survival among Mali’s Desert Elephants

Dec. 7, 2012 - Satellite tracking of elephants living near Timbuktu has revealed the secret of their survival in the savage conditions of Mali’s desert. The elephants of Africa’s northernmost population use over 32,000 square kilometres of the Gourma region in their epic quest for food and water, the largest range ever recorded for the species. Save the Elephants

Experts alarmed by dramatic increase in elephant killings

Dec. 5, 2012 - While South Africa is battling rhino poaching, it seems to be escaping the continental elephant purge. But not for long, writes Sipho Kings. Tens of thousands of elephants were killed across Africa last year and populations are plummeting. In 2007 there were roughly half a million elephants in Africa. This number has steadily grown after the trade in ivory was banned in 1989, until the last decade. Now there has been a dramatic increase in the mass killing of elephants. Mail and Guardian

Secretary Clinton Hosts Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action

Nov. 8, 2012 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted an event titled “Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action” at the U.S. Department of State on November 8, 2012. The event brought together foreign ambassadors and leaders from international organizations, nongovernmental conservation organizations and the private sector to energize and strengthen the global commitment to combat the illegal trade in wildlife and promote conservation by placing it squarely on the foreign policy and security agenda. Save the Elephants

UW professor tracking down elephant poachers

Aug. 29, 2012 - When World Wildlife Fund posted video of an elephant slaughter in Cameroon, many people took a little time to let it sink in, but for University of Washington Professor Samuel Wasser, it was time to go to work. KGW.com

Oppose Legalized Ivory Sales

Aug. 22, 2012 - A recent meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) sparked controversy with a report proposing the legalization of the ivory trade. With the exception of two government sales held in 1999 and 2008, the international trade in ivory has been banned since 1989. Unfortunately, demand from Asian countries has led to an increase in poaching and continues to threaten vulnerable populations of elephants. Care2

Yao Ming in anti-poaching campaign in Africa

Aug. 17, 2012 - Retired Chinese basketball great Yao Ming is on his first tour of Africa to shoot a documentary titled The End of Wild aimed at putting the lid on poaching. ChinaDaily

New Forensics Tool for Catching Elephant Poachers

Aug. 7, 2012 - Good news for those trying to stem the trade in illegal wildlife: a new genetic forensic tool allows scientists to pinpoint where seized illegal ivory originates. Such forensic techniques have been used to identify fishy black caviar, suspect bushmeat, dubious traditional Chinese medicine concoctions and questionable fisheries, but the researchers think this is the first tool that links elephant ivory to specific locales. Smithsonian

The Ivory Crisis

Jul. 25, 2012 - This short film helps explain the threat that Africa's Elephants face. The demand for their ivory tusks is so great that they will be lucky to survive it. [VIDEO]

Ivory and Insecurity: the global implications of poaching in Africa

May. 24, 2012 - Mr. Chairman, Mr. Ranking Member, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. I am honoured to appear before your committee. My name is Iain Douglas-Hamilton, and I have been studying elephants in Africa since 1966. I founded the African Elephant Specialist Group of the IUCN in 1975 and launched the first pan-African elephant survey in 1977, funded by WCS and WWF. I have testified three times before Congress in the 1970s and 1980s when elephants were in peril from the ivory trade. We are once again in the situation. U.S. Senate

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Demand Grows Ivory is in huge demand in Asia, especially China. Many buyers are still unaware that ivory comes from dead elephants.

Iain Douglas-Hamilton The founder of Save the Elephants, Iain Douglas-Hamilton is a tireless advocate for African elephants.

Poaching Problems Even in protected areas where elephants should be safe, they are killed for their ivory. The scale of the killings is escalating.

Taking Action Save The Elephants and many other organizations are coordinating increased efforts to stem the tide of poaching.