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Ivory Trade

On Our First Ever World Wildlife Day, Let's Put an End to Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

John Kerry | Posted 03.03.2014 | Green
John Kerry

You can do your part too. Do not buy suspicious goods. Do not buy ivory -- even small trinkets or jewelry. Turn down the offer to buy that tiger skin rug. Reject the shark fin soup. We can make a difference for ourselves, and for generations to come.

Hong Kong Gives Swift Kick to Ivory Traders

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Earlier this month, the Chinese government destroyed more than six tons of confiscated ivory held in government stockpiles, signaling the new resolve of the People's Republic of China to crack down on the illegal ivory trade and to reduce ivory consumption.

Connect The Dots: Infant Mortality, Graft And Elephant Poaching

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Green

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG, Jan 2 (Reuters) - What do infant mortality and elephant poaching have in common? Plenty, according to ...

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...

What Do You Do With One Of The Biggest Stockpiles Of Illegal Ivory?

AP | By KELVIN CHAN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

HONG KONG (AP) — When Hong Kong intercepted yet another huge shipment of illegal African ivory in early October, it added to a growing headache for ...

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...

The Crush on Wildlife

John Kerry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
John Kerry

Our governments and citizens cannot afford to stand idle while poachers and wildlife traffickers destabilize whole regions, undermine economic development, and hunt elephants, rhinos, tigers, bears, sharks, or any species to extinction.

Taking a Stand to Crush Elephant Poaching

Carter Roberts | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Carter Roberts

Why the renewed concern, when elephants have been killed for their ivory for centuries? It's both because elephants are very near to being at the end of their rope and because nowadays, poaching is a far cry from being a poor man's means of feeding his family.

Kenya's Elephants Get Backup From Elite Paratroopers

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green

Kenyan elephants may soon sleep a bit more soundly knowing they have a new ally in the fight against poachers: elite British paratroopers. In the n...

One Way to Fight Terrorism? End the Ivory Trade

Peter Seligmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Peter Seligmann

What we're seeing here is the perfect storm of extinction, poverty and radicalism. We're seeing the deterioration of societies and a massive threat to the stability of not only African nations but the entire world. A crucial step in changing this equation is to ensure that the ivory trade comes to an end.

Clintons Announce Major Plan To Fight Ivory Trade

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green

NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined plans Thursday for an $80 million effort to curb the poaching and trafficking of elephants in Africa,...

Dozens Of Elephants Poisoned By Poachers In Zimbabwe

AP | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwean police say they arrested six men accused of killing 41 elephants with cyanide. State media reported Friday that police...

Going the Extra Mile to Help Save Africa's Elephants

Mark Sissons | Posted 11.03.2013 | Travel
Mark Sissons

By going the extra mile for Africa's elephants, a Canadian doctor from half a world away will not only have the opportunity to follow her passion for adventure travel. She'll also get to make a lasting contribution to helping save the world's most endangered wildlife.

Three Tons Of Ivory Disguised As Peanuts Seized In Kenya

AP | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Officials at Kenya's Mombasa port impounded more than three tons of illegal ivory disguised as peanuts for export to Malaysia,...

Africa on the Edge

Will Travers | Posted 08.27.2013 | Green
Will Travers

Since the nature and aggressiveness of poaching has changed dramatically, some African countries have chosen to utilize not only law enforcement agencies, but also the national army, in combating this brutal practice.

PHOTOS: Massive Cache Of Ivory Burned

AP | HRVOJE HRANJSKI | Posted 06.21.2013 | Green

MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine government workers used a backhoe and an incinerator Friday to crush and burn more than 5 tons of smuggled elephant ...

Report: Kony Poaching Elephants To Survive

AP | RODNEY MUHUMUZA | Posted 06.03.2013 | World

KAMPALA, Uganda -- Members of a militia run by fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony are killing elephants across Central Africa to support Kony's stru...

PHOTOS: The Adventures Of A Mammoth Tusk Hunter

Posted 04.11.2013 | World

Karl Gorokhov is a hunter -- but the 46-year-old red-bearded Russian doesn't track living animals. Gorkohov is a mammoth tusk trader, one of thous...

Elephants -- Two Things Worth Watching

Carl Safina | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Carl Safina

Now, shrunk from perhaps 90 percent of their former range by sprawling human populations and suffering relentless killing, elephant numbers are down to well under half a million -- a drop of 98 percent since just 1800.

A Chorus for Elephants

Carter Roberts | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Carter Roberts

Last week, that rare moment happened with 1.5 million voices from 227 countries and territories coming together in a call to end the ivory trade in Thailand, home to one of the biggest unregulated ivory markets in the world. Their shared vision: to save the world's elephants.

Kenya 4: A Lesson in Elephant Sex

Carl Safina | Posted 04.05.2013 | Green
Carl Safina

I watched wild elephants mating today. I don't know about you, but -- first time for me. Females are ready to mate for only about three to four days every four to five years. So when a female is ready, males are excited and there is a lot of competition.

Kenya 3: Collaring an Elephant to Help Against Poaching

Carl Safina | Posted 04.02.2013 | Green
Carl Safina

Researchers are trying to build an "alarm collar." It's a new kind of collar that can show if an elephant is up, down, or running. They hope to eventually use that information to more quickly dispatch rangers to try to catch poachers before they get too far.

From the Front Lines of Africa's Elephant Slaughter

Carl Safina | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Carl Safina

Beautiful when carved, almost every piece of ivory has come from an elephant killed illegally. Prices have never been higher, and elephant poaching is now out of control.

638 Illegal Elephant Tusks Found At Kenyan Port

AP | TOM ODULA | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green

MOMBASA, Kenya -- Custom officials seized 638 pieces of illegal elephant ivory estimated to be worth $1.2 million at Kenya's main port, evidence of wh...