Recent links ivory & poaching

Elephants Need Protecting. Lifting The Ivory Ban Is No Solution - HuffPost UK Elephants Need Protecting. Lifting The Ivory Ban Is No Solution - HuffPost UK
We're told we are in the 'anthropocene' era, the era of human domination. One of the features of this era is the so-called 'sixth extinction'.In plain language, many of the world's species are disappearing as a result of human activities. The current rate of species extinction may be 1,000 times higher than what might be expected without human...
18 August 2017 Hits: 2
In the land of ebony, a sanctuary for ivory - The Express Tribune
Sri Lankan facili­ty raises calves orphan­ed by poache­rs, human develo­pment
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PINNAWALA, SRI LANKA: It’s 8:30 in the morning. The bright sun continues to rise overhead, and amid the dancing shadows of the trees, people are walking around shaking oversized baby bottles for a group of ‘pint-sized’ pachyderms.“These are t...
18 August 2017 Hits: 2
Anti-poaching conservationist who helped catch alleged 'Queen of Ivory' shot dead in Tanzania - The Independent
A leading conservationist who battled elephant poachers in East Africa has been shot dead in Tanzania.Wayne Lotter, 51, was described as a “hero to many” by Dr Jane Goodall, who said he and colleagues at the PAMS Foundation had “worked tirelessly to fight both poachers and corruption”.Mr Lotter helped fund Tanzania’s National and Transnational S...
18 August 2017 Hits: 2
Hale schoolgirl scoops top national animal welfare art prize - Messenger Newspapers Hale schoolgirl scoops top national animal welfare art prize - Messenger Newspapers
HALE schoolgirl Siena Chae has won a prestigious national contest run by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to promote elephant protection. As part of her prize, 10-year-old Siena joined winners from across the country in a special visit to the Houses of Parliament where the group was congratulated by MPs who admired their...
18 August 2017 Hits: 2
Woolly Mammoths Are Long Gone, But The Hunt For Their Ivory ... - KUOW News and Information
Woolly Mammoths Are Long Gone, But The Hunt For Their Ivory ... - KUOW News and Information
Tusk hunting causes erosion along the edges of the hill.
As a substitute for coveted elephant ivory, mammoth tusks can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. A rush is underway to dig them out of the frozen earth in Siberia and sell them, mostly to China. The hunt is making millionaires of some men living in this impoverished region — but it's also illegal. Photographer Amos Chapple followed a group...
16 August 2017 Hits: 2
How to speak elephant: New tool translates human phrases into real elephant calls - Daily Mail
Do you know how to say 'I love you' like an elephant? If you don't, a new tool can tell you how. Hello in Elephant, a project designed to raise awareness for African elephants, lets users translate phrases and emotions such as 'hello' and 'I'm sad' into a short clip showing the elephant gesture and noise equivalent.The translations are genuine...
15 August 2017 Hits: 7
Watch as This Life-Size Elephant Ice Sculpture Melts in NYC - Smithsonian Watch as This Life-Size Elephant Ice Sculpture Melts in NYC - Smithsonian
Each year, tens of thousands of African elephants are killed for their ivory. The death count is so troublingly high that in the first reliable continent-wide survey published in 2014, researchers estimated that on average one elephant falls victim to illegal ivory poachers every 15 to 16 minutes. These gentle giants face a critical situation, and...
15 August 2017 Hits: 4
Fighting ivory trafficking with forensic science - Phys.Org
Fighting ivory trafficking with forensic science
Despite a strict ban on ivory trafficking in NY, these pieces were found for sale in 2016. Credit: Columbia University Two weeks ago, Kevin Uno was on a field expedition in Kenya when he got a message he'd been hoping for: the NY Department of Environmental Conservation had officially approved his request to sample some ivory that had...
14 August 2017 Hits: 3
New Army specialists to hunt African wildlife poachers and revive tracking skills - Telegraph.co.uk
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The counter poaching operators (CPOs), who have been chosen from all branches of the Army, have trained to track poachers through bush and forest over long distances for days at a time.Maj Tony Viney, a qualified jungle warfare instructor leading the unit, said: “If you look back over the years, having trackers right down to section level was a k...
14 August 2017 Hits: 2
World Elephant Day Shines Spotlight On Shocking Illegal Poaching, Ivory Trade - Huffington Post Australia World Elephant Day Shines Spotlight On Shocking Illegal Poaching, Ivory Trade - Huffington Post Australia
It's the day to celebrate one of the planet's most beloved, and biggest, animals.That's right. Saturday marks official World Elephant Day, which is aimed at getting people across the globe to express concern, share knowledge and support solutions "for the better care of captive and wild elephants".The day is important, organisers say, because...
12 August 2017 Hits: 3