The California Senate has sent the Assembly an important elephant protection measure that would prohibit the menacing weapon called the bullhook that is used in circuses and other entertainment to control captive elephants through fear and pain.
With a population of just one and a half million people, this peaceful nation has become the focus of an intense conservation battle.
Be it by email, phone, social media, or in person, the number one question we at Wildlife SOS get asked is, "How is Raju doing?" For those of you unfamiliar with Raju, he is an elephant we rescued one year ago who had spent 50 years in chains.
This ivory is used to make piano keys, chopsticks, and all manner of other trinkets. The message of the event was clear: ivory, its sale, and the market for it must be crushed, beginning with this most literal of steps.
In the time it takes you to read this, one or two elephants will have been poached. This is not the gun control debate or a hunting one, but a move that will send a signal to the world that poaching; trading in dead elephants and the abuse of wildlife is just not acceptable.
Poachers and unscrupulous marketers and buyers of ivory apparently have not been thwarted by the destruction of ivory, as evidenced by the continuing robust market for ivory after the massive crushes.
For a brief moment yesterday, Times Square stood still. Even the world's most famous cluster of dazzling super signs, towering over Broadway, could not compete with the simple message that on this day, we all stand for elephants.
Today was a great day for elephants -- and a really bad day for ivory traffickers. Today more than one ton of confiscated ivory was crushed in New York City's Times Square, the "crossroads of the world."
It's not enough to simply ramp up enforcement against elephant poachers. We must attack the illegal ivory trade from all sides of the issue -- supply and demand, online and on the ground.
This is, so far, the most monumental victory in the fight to save Africa's elephants, and a major push back against greed, status symbols and corruption.
A couple tourists to Krueger National Park in South Africa got to witness one little guy fall behind when he couldn't keep up when they stumbled upon a baby elephant in the road.
It's an upsetting film. The good news? There is a groundswell of effort that is beginning to work to slow the ivory trade. It can be done; we can save the elephants. The more we understand, the faster each of us can help it happen.
Its potential impact of this announcement could be critical to the fate of Africa's declining elephant populations, which have been targeted by ruthless criminal syndicates across sub-Saharan Africa to supply the international demand for ivory.
I joined the WCS Malaysia team on a trek recently through the rainforest of Endau-Rompin, a state park in the southern part of Johor on Peninsular Malaysia. To get to this remote rainforest, you drive many hours past acre after acre of oil palm, through a forest reserve, and then you are there.
Since humans captured him, his days have been filled with hard work, insufficient sustenance, and vicious beatings to force him to comply with his mahout's (caretaker/trainer) wishes. His nights have been spent in chains.
Adrielle Alves had a secret. A secret she'd been clinging to since joining Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey approximately four years earlier. Initially, she was hired to perform alongside the featured flying trapeze ensemble.