Tag: Demand Grows

Time Running out to Save Elephants from Ivory Trade

Jan. 31, 2013 - An authoritative must-read on the current elephant crisis and the ultimate solution, by Save the Elephants Founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton. This came out in Swara magazine today, but National Geographic have picked it up and posted it on their blog in a format that's much easier to read online. A Voice for Elephants blog, National Geographic

Blood Ivory destined for Sri Lankan temples

Jan. 25, 2013 - A decision allegedly by the Presidential Secretariat to release the tusks confiscated by the Customs Department to the Dalada Maligawa has angered environmentalists and the signatories of the Lusaka Agreement as this is in violation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Ceylon Today

Interview with Blood Ivory writer Bryan Christy

Jan. 24, 2013 - By some estimates, more than 30,000 elephants were slaughtered across the savannas and forests of Africa and Asia for the ivory trade during 2012. The carnage represents as much as 4 percent of the world's elephant population. Accordingly, some conservationists are warning that elephants face imminent extinction in some of their range countries. mongabay.com

Poachers Kill 11 Elephants in Kenyan Park

Jan. 7, 2013 - NAIROBI, Kenya — Eleven elephants were slaughtered by ivory poachers and their tusks were chopped off, Kenyan officials said Monday, in one of the worst single episodes of poaching in Kenya in recent years. New York Times

Ivory smugglers find a home in city (South Africa)

Dec. 13, 2012 - THERE has been a upswing in ivory smuggling through Cape Town in the last few years as the city appears to have become an attractive point to export these illegal goods. Cape Times

Wildlife crime profound threat to nations, says report

Dec. 12, 2012 - The global illegal trade in wildlife is worth $19bn (£12bn) a year and is threatening the stability of some governments according to new research. BBC News

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

The Tough Truth of Ivory Funding Terrorism

Dec. 11, 2012 - Fueled by a rising demand for ivory, the mass killing of African elephants has reached extraordinary levels. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, New York Times reporter Jeffrey Gettleman discusses his in-depth investigation of the deadly ivory trade, which involves the U.S.-backed military forces of several African nations. Yale Environment 360

Mammoth Ivory Treasure Haul

Dec. 9, 2012 - IVORY hunters are travelling to Siberia in a search for tusks from long-extinct woolly mammoths. The boom in the trade is proving lucrative, with ivory unearthed from the mud of riverbanks fetching around £20 a pound. Sunday Express

New Scientist Jumps the Gun

Dec. 8, 2012 - We are reproducing the widely-read story which appeared in the New Scientist, but must clarify that it quotes figures that were stated by the Kenya Wildlife Service to be provisional. It follows that the quantitative conclusions may well be modified when final analysis is complete. 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

Wealthy Chinese drive illegal ivory trade boom

Nov. 27, 2012 - (CBS News) CAIRO -- International gangs are making a fortune by slaughtering African elephants and selling their tusks. Tens of thousands of the majestic creatures are being killed every year. The illegal market can be tracked from Tanzania and Kenya north to Cairo, Egypt. CBS News

Blood Ivory

Oct. 1, 2012 - Ivory Worship: Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped? National Geographic

China's Ivory Trade: Reeducating the Masses

Aug. 24, 2012 - China's favorite son, Yao Ming, former NBA star and recent Olympic commentator on Chinese television, has been carrying out a Kenyan expedition in conjunction with the charities Save the Elephants and WildAid. His trip intends to raise awareness levels back in China concerning poaching and alter the mindset of those who are inadvertently contributing towards the extinction of Africa's wildlife through the purchase of ivory products. The selection of Yao, therefore, as the face of the WildAid campaign is a calculated attempt to command the attention of Chinese citizens, especially the new "middle class", who have a penchant for purchasing expensive and rare symbols which define their status. CRI English

Zimbabwe to ask permission to sell ivory stocks

Aug. 22, 2012 - Zimbabwe has accumulated 50 tonnes of ivory and will ask the international body regulating its trade for permission to auction its stocks to fund conservation of the animals, the head of the country's wildlife agency said on Wednesday. Chicago Tribune

Tusk force...

Aug. 22, 2012 - If you believe in reincarnation, avoid being reborn as an elephant in Kenya. your life will be short. And your death brutish. Only a few years ago conservationists hoped that they might be beginning to conquer the curse of ivory poaching. They were wrong. Since 2007 the illegal ivory trade has ballooned. Gulf Daily News

NGO Intelligence Led to Ivory Bust in China

Aug. 10, 2012 - Based on information provided by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org), China’s Forestry Police conducted a surprise inspection earlier this week at Chengtian Antique Mall where they confiscated 107 pieces of illegal ivory and other wildlife products. Three suspects were detained in connection with the August 6th seizure. IFAW

Illegal Ivory Trade in Thailand

Jul. 27, 2012 - Thailand has been a hub for the illegal ivory trade of elephants. While some ivory goes into items sold in large cities such as Bangkok much is sent on to other countries including China and Vietnam. Edwin Wiek, the founder and secretary general of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, discusses this age-long issue explaining the current situation, where the ivory is coming from, and what is being done to combat the illegal trade. [VIDEO]

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]

Agony and Ivory

Aug. 1, 2011 - Highly emotional and completely guileless, elephants mourn their dead—and across Africa, they are grieving daily as demand from China’s “suddenly wealthy” has driven the price of ivory to $700 a pound or more. With tens of thousands of elephants being slaughtered each year for their tusks, raising the specter of an “extinction vortex,” Alex Shoumatoff travels from Kenya to Seattle to Guangzhou, China, to expose those who are guilty in the massacre—and recognize those who are determined to stop it. Vanity Fair

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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.