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UN Helen Clark: Rural Poverty Is Fuelling the Poaching Crisis

Jamie Joseph | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

With so many people living in poverty, Helen Clark explains that meeting the balance between conservation and development is perhaps the most complex in the array of responses to the illegal wildlife trade.

Appraising Ivory Is an Antiquated Idea

John F. Calvelli | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Ivory and the trinkets made from it are in high demand globally. So much so that despite restrictions on illegal poaching and trafficking, elephants are still being killed at a tremendous rate of 35,000 per year.

Jane Goodall: We Can Save the Elephants

Jamie Joseph | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

The Jane Goodall Institute is working towards a critical mass of young people who will go on to become the next generation of conservationists, teachers, parents, lawyers and politicians, forging forward with an inherent understanding that if we really do care about the future we have to make tough decisions today.

When Ideologues Take Over the Administrative State: Punishing Ivory Owners Rather Than Saving Elephants

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Poaching has increased over the last decade, putting African elephants at risk. Additional global cooperation is necessary to save them. But America is not the problem.

Elephant Conservationist Fears 'Unsustainable Rate Of Killing'

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 06.19.2014 | Green

Mike Chase knows elephants are in trouble. Chase, a conservation biologist and founder of Elephants Without Borders, this year began what will beco...

Not Standing Idly for Elephants in Peril

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Poachers recently killed Satao, one of Kenya's best known elephants, whose tusks weighed more than 100 pounds each and reached all the way to the ground. A poison arrow felled Satao in Tsavo National Park, and his death was announced last Friday.

Legendary Kenyan Elephant Killed By Poachers

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green

Conservationists did everything they could to save Mountain Bull, the legendary Kenyan elephant. They removed a significant chunk of his tusks to...

Hong Kong Starts Destroying Ivory Cache

AP | Posted 05.15.2014 | Green

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong started incinerating its nearly 30-ton stockpile of confiscated ivory on Thursday to show it's serious about cracking dow...

Cambodia Seizes Record Amount Of Illegal Ivory

AP | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian authorities intercepted 3 tons of illegal ivory on Friday that was stashed in shipping containers, in the larg...

Popular Opinion Alert: New Yorkers Want An Ivory Ban

John F. Calvelli | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
John F. Calvelli

As a wave of poaching by organized criminal syndicates has pushed the number of elephants killed in Africa today to a rate of some 35,000 per year, or 96 each day, many in New York and across the United States have been coming to the conclusion that something needs to be done.

Zoos & Aquariums and Their Visitors Can Be Critical Advocates for Conservation Action

John F. Calvelli | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
John F. Calvelli

If you have visited a zoo or aquarium in recent years, there's a good chance that you've noticed something new. In addition to providing up-close encounters with some of the planet's most magnificent species, today's zoological parks are placing a growing emphasis on conservation.

Hawaii's White Gold

www.civilbeat.com | Posted 04.01.2014 | Hawaii

There aren't a lot of large wild mammals in the islands, but elephants have a notable connection to Hawaii — or rather, their tusks do. The U.S. ...

Killing Elephants for Chinese Chopsticks: Gabon to Stop the Blood-Ivory Trade

T. Dean Reed | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
T. Dean Reed

Conservationists agree that if China would only join the United States, Europe, and the many African countries actively fighting the illicit ivory trade, the elephant population could be stabilized and grow again.

Elephants Today Have No Place to Hide

Georja Umano | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Georja Umano

Today the world has grown smaller; the human population is expanding and exploding, and the elephants and their ancestral homelands are being systematically disregarded, discarded and destroyed.

Why We Should Care That March 3rd Is Now World Wildlife Day

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 05.02.2014 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

World Wildlife Day is an occasion to remember that in spite of protections provided by CITES much of the world's wildlife remains in crisis. The many threats they face include habitat loss, climate change, over-exploitation, and unregulated development.

Mourning the Loss of a Great Elephant: Torn Ear

Christina M. Russo | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Christina M. Russo

A beloved, venerable African elephant named Torn Ear was killed in Kenya on February 7 by poachers who shot him with poisoned arrows. Richard Bonham discovered Torn Ear's fatal injury while observing him at a watering hole.

Obama Administration Treats Antique Collectors and Dealers as Criminals: New Ivory Rules Also Put Elephants at Increased Risk

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The mass killing of elephants is tragic. But demand for new ivory, not items legally imported decades or centuries ago, fuels the trade. Governments should penalize poachers and their seller allies -- not responsible collectors and dealers who have followed the rules.

U.S. Prepares To Crack Down On Ivory Ban

AP | By JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is cracking down on the sale and purchase of ivory in hopes of curbing a surge in illicit poaching that's threat...

Taking a Page From Eliot Ness to Fight Wildlife Trafficking's New Al Capones

David Wilkie | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

We have credible evidence that where national park rangers and community ecoguards are out patrolling, and risking their lives doing so, elephants have a much greater chance of escaping the poacher's bullet, axe and chainsaw.

New York State Hearing Shows Ivory Crisis Should Be Everyone's Concern

John F. Calvelli | Posted 03.21.2014 | Green
John F. Calvelli

That campaign, based on the number of African elephants killed daily in 2012 due to poaching, is aimed at educating the public about ivory trade and consumption.

China Positioned to Take Leadership Role to Save the African Elephant

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 01.06.2014 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

Africa's elephants -- being killed for their ivory at an alarming rate -- have received some much needed help from the Chinese Government. On Monday,...

China Destroys Massive Cache Of Ivory

AP | By KELVIN M. CHAN | Posted 03.08.2014 | Green

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — China destroyed about 6 tons of illegal ivory from its stockpile on Monday in an unprecedented move wildlife groups say shows...

The Time to See -- and Save -- Africa's Elephants is Now

Natural Habitat Adventures | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Natural Habitat Adventures

Africa's elephants face an unprecedented poaching siege. It's a crisis of global significance that the U.S. government is taking action against -- and one in which safari ecotourism plays an important role, undergirding the value for local communities of keeping elephants alive.

LISTEN: Dying Elephant's Cries Will Remind You Why Ivory Is NEVER Worth It

Posted 11.21.2013 | Green

In 1980, roughly 1.2 million African elephants roamed the Earth. Last year, that number fell to a grim 420,000, largely due to poachers who ruthlessly...

Andrea Rael

U.S. Crushes 5.4 Tons Of Elephant Ivory

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Rael | Posted 11.15.2013 | Green

DENVER -- Nearly 6 tons of raw and carved ivory from well over 1,000 elephants were crushed, removed from the black market in the United States' lates...