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Ivory

Illicit Ivory: A Film Worth Watching

Carl Safina | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Carl Safina

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.

China Pledges To Wipe Out Its Ivory Industry

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.29.2015 | Green

For the first time, China is promising to knock out its booming trade in ivory products In a move applauded by wildlife conservationists, Chinese ...

With a New Crush, China Appears to Move Toward Closing Its Domestic Ivory Market

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 05.29.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

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.

WCS at 120: Then and Now, Conservation Action Takes a Movement

John F. Calvelli | Posted 05.02.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

To pursue legislative action to restrict ivory sales in the United States, the 96 Elephants campaign has followed Hornaday's tested movement strategy: building coalitions with public and private partners, raising public awareness, and working with government leaders.

The Orphaned Elephants in Gorongosa

Michael Sainato | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Michael Sainato

The mass killings of elephants during the war disrupted elephant societies, leaving the orphans and traumatized survivors aggressively weary of the presence of humans. The park, with the assistance of Dr. Joyce Poole and her brother, cameraman Bob Poole, are building a mutually beneficial relationship with the elephants of the park.

College Professor Accused Of Smuggling Ivory And Rhino Horn

AP | By JEFF BAENEN | Posted 05.31.2015 | Green

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A St. Cloud State University philosophy professor was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiring to smuggle rhinoceros horns and e...

Why The War On Elephant Poaching Must Be Scaled Up

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

Sadly, more bad news is expected. Clearly this is no time for easing up on our efforts to protect Africa's elephants. Indeed, there is a need for redoubled efforts.

Undercover Photos Show The Plight Of Zimbabwe's Captured Baby Elephants

Christina M. Russo | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Christina M. Russo

Zimbabwe's plan to send the young elephants overseas has drawn criticism from many wildlife conservationists. They see the government's plan as a cynical and cruel move against an animal that is being slaughtered at alarming rates for its ivory, especially to satisfy demand in China.

Britain's Prince William Calls For End To Ivory Trade

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green

BEIJING, March 4 (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William urged an end to the ivory trade on Wednesday, visiting a Chinese elephant sanctuary in the sou...

United Behind World Wildlife Day

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 05.03.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

Today, global citizens marked the second annual World Wildlife Day as the United Nations announced that the organized crime threat to wildlife species is on the rise. The work to combat these crimes is more important than ever as human impacts drive an unprecedented decline in our planet's wild species. We must address this global crisis from all angles.

Matt Sheehan

China Suspends Ivory Imports, But African Elephants Still In Danger Of Extinction

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 02.27.2015 | World

BEIJING -- China on Thursday suspended the import of ivory carvings for one year, marking a small step toward limiting the ivory demand that drives th...

EIA: China's Blood Ivory Carving Factories

Jamie Joseph | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Jamie Joseph

From the '80s poaching crisis to the current poaching crisis, some of the players have changed, new markets have emerged, but there are many lessons from the past that we can learn from. And we must. Because if we do not take the lessons of the past, we are doomed to repeat.

Could the Golden State Go Grey For Elephants?

John F. Calvelli | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Californians are proud to have a bear adorn their state flag, but by helping stop the illegal trade in ivory through the enactment of this ban, the Golden State would be supporting a global effort to save another symbol of strength and determination.

Ban Ivory Sales -- All of Them

Viveca Morris | Posted 04.01.2015 | Green
Viveca Morris

If the United States and other nations do not fully ban the sale of ivory, African elephants could be extinct -- poof -- in as few as five years.

Stop Senseless Trophy Hunting

Jeffrey Flocken | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Jeffrey Flocken

In 2014, the U.S. made a bold move by suspending imports of elephant trophies taken from Tanzania and Zimbabwe, based on concerns about these countries' wildlife management practices. But an even bolder move is called for given the global elephant crisis.

Scientists' Surprising Use of Cold War Spy Photos

Rob Pringle | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Rob Pringle

Josh Daskin, a Ph.D. student in my lab at Princeton University, is using old CIA spy satellite imagery from the 1970s to understand how the amount of tree cover has changed in the park over the last 30-40 years.

Prince William's International Leadership on Animal Conservation

Richard Leakey | Posted 02.18.2015 | Green
Richard Leakey

The fight to save the world's wildlife is about much more than the beauty of the animals or the illegal activity that would destroy them. Our wildlife is essential to preserving the biodiversity of our world and to expanding our understanding and appreciation of human and animal life and evolution.

A Quarter Of Ivory Sold In Beijing And Shanghai Stores Is Illegal

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2015 | Green

NAIROBI, Dec 9 (Reuters) - About a quarter of elephant ivory sold in retail outlets in China's capital Beijing and its most populous city Shanghai i...

Over A Ton Of Ivory Stolen From Uganda's Stockpile

Reuters | Posted 01.18.2015 | Green

KAMPALA, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Uganda said on Tuesday it had launched an investigation into the theft of more than a tonne of ivory from the vaults of ...

Kids Make an Elephant-Sized Impact on Conservation

John F. Calvelli | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

If you ask almost anyone involved in the conservation movement for the main reason why they fight to save endangered wildlife, they will often mention their children or the need to save threatened species for future generations.

When Animals Disappear, So Do Our Social Structures

Avital Andrews | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Avital Andrews

Research out of UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara is providing evidence that a decline in animals actually means that our social structures are crumbling.

The African Elephant's 'Last Days'

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.28.2014 | Green
Joe Peyronnin

The African elephant population has decreased by more than 60 percent over the past decade. Just in the past three years, ivory-seeking poachers have killed more than 100,000 elephants.

Beauty and Blood

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

I had read the reports and seen the PowerPoints. And now I have seen the faces. The faces of the on-the-ground experts as they rush into the vast woodlands of the Niassa National Reserve with intelligence on criminals who have slaughtered an elephant with an AK-47. The faces are fearless.

God's Ivory: The Role of Religion in the Elephant Poaching Crisis

Jamie Joseph | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

I was raised Catholic, but have followed Buddhism most of my adult life. People buying ivory have a right to know that their purchase is causing incredible trauma.

Tiny Baby Elephant Rescued as Elephants in Africa Face Extinction

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 10.19.2014 | Green
Candace Calloway Whiting

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is doing everything possible to stop the wholesale slaughter of elephants which is driven by the high value of elephant ivory in China. Their work is multi-dimensional, but one of their most endearing programs has to be the phenomenally successful baby elephant nursery.