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It seems that Gabon’s elephants are getting squeezed in a deadly vise between a seemingly insatiable lust for ivory in Asia, where some people pay as much as $1,000 a pound, and desperate hunters and traffickers in central Africa. It is a story of temptation — and exploitation — and it shows that the problem is not just about demand, but about supply as well. Poverty, as well as greed, is killing Africa’s elephants.

In Gabon, Lure of Ivory Proves Hard to Resist - (via rubenfeld)

See also NatGeo’s blockbuster report exposing how the Catholic Church in the Philippines is responsible for a lot of ivory poaching.

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Red Elephants, Kenya

Photograph by Brent Stirton, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

The “red elephants” of Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park owe their color to the red soil, which they roll in as a dirt bath. Across Africa, sustained poaching of bulls and large females makes orphans of the young and distorts the gene pool in favor of weaker, smaller animals.

See more pictures from the October 2012 feature story “Blood Ivory.”

Watch a video about the problem of ivory trafficking »


It looks better on him than it does on you. Don’t buy ivory & #killthetrade that kills elephants.

  October 11, 2012 at 07:54pm


A single elephant tusk can sell on the black market for $6000. 

In the current issue of National Geographic, Brent Stirton explores the many facets of the ivory trade -  from slaughtered elephants in Kenya, to China’s carving factories, to collectors’ homes in the Philippines.

See more images on the National Geographic web gallery.

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IVORY WORSHIP - Interactive.

1. Vanishing ElephantsKilling African elephants for their ivory is devastating a species that’s already losing ground to a growing human population.

2. Elephant PoachingIn 2011 poaching hit the highest level in a decade, with the greatest impact in the central Africa region.

3. Ivory SeizuresMost of the world’s countries agreed to ban international trade in ivory in 1989. Yet demand has grown in Asia, driven by new wealth in China. Ivory seizures represent only a fraction of what gets through.

Follow the link to the National Geographic site to see larger images and find out more.

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Gabon’s war on illegal wildlife crime - in pictures

Gabon, in western central Africa, is home to some of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. A relatively wealthy and stable nation, the government has created a network of 13 national parks placing nearly 11% of the country under protection, invested in wildlife enforcement personnel and declared a zero-tolerance policy on wildlife crime. But national conservation initiatives are being challenged by ivory poachers, loggers and the rural poor who are using wild animals as a source of food.

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Will Humans Be the End of Rhinos?

Rhinos survived the Ice Age and saber-toothed tigers, but humans may be the greatest threat the horned herbivores have ever faced.

Last year was the worst on record rhinos in South Africa. A record 448 rhinos were killed in 2011. This year, 80 rhinos have already been killed, reported the AP.

To save the rhinos, wildlife managers have gone so far as to use a chemical which makes the beast’s horns toxic to anyone who ingests them.

Rhinos by the Numbers:

Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis) – Native to Africa, one subspecies of this critically endangered rhino was declared extinct in 2011.

White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum) – Also native to Africa, the southern subspecies is considered “Near Threatened” by the IUCN, but it’s northern cousin is believed to be extinct in the wild.

Indian Rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis) – A few thousand Indian rhinos still browse the foothills of the Himalayas. The species once ranged over the most of the north of the subcontinent.

Javan Rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) – The Javan rhino once lived in most of Southeast Asia, as far north as China. But after a remnant population in Vietnam was wiped out, the last toehold of the species is a tiny peninsula on Java in Indonesia.

Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) – Another Southeast Asian species which now exists only in a few isolated pockets. The rhino clings to life on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

IMAGE: White rhineceros, Ceratotherium simum, in Lion County Safari, Florida. (Duncan Rawlinson, Wikimedia Commons)

ed note: We’ve been covering the issue of poaching extensively. Here are more stories to peruse on the topic.

Should We Legalize the Ivory Trade to Save the Animals?

Nearly 450 Elephants Slaughtered in Cameroon

Organized Crime Wiping Out Animals


WWF has released a report rating countries’ efforts at stopping the trade in endangered tigers, rhinos and elephants. The infographic shows that whilst progress is being made in some countries, there is a long way to go to curb both the killing of these precious animals and the trafficking of their body parts. More information can be found HERE

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Seized ivory ready for the burn in Libreville, Gabon, in a ceremony to symbolise Gabon’s commitment to ending poaching and other wildlife crimes. An estimated 5,000 to 12,000 elephants are killed each year for their ivory. Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba last year created an elite military unit whose mission is to secure Gabon’s parks and to protect wildlife, especially against poaching and illegal trade of ivory and the confiscated ivory was a product of this crackdown

Photograph: James Morgan/WWF-CANON VIA AP IMAGES

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  July 14, 2012 at 08:57pm


Unimaginable horror as helicopter-borne poachers massacre 22 elephants before hacking off their tusks and genitals 

“In a scene of inconceivable horror, these slaughtered elephant carcasses show the barbaric lengths poachers will go to in their hunt for nature’s grim booty.

The bodies were among a herd of 22 animals massacred in a helicopter-borne attack by professionals who swooped over their quarry.”

The scene beneath the rotor blades would have been chilling - panicked mothers shielding their young, hair-raising screeches and a mad scramble through the blood-stained bush as bullets rained down from the sky.

When the shooting was over, all of the herd lay dead, one of the worst such killings in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in living memory.

‘It’s been a long time since we’ve seen something like this,’ said Dr Tshibasu Muamba, head of international cooperation for the Congolese state conservation agency, ICCN, as he surveyed the macarbre scene at Garamba National Park.”

via the Daily Mail

I can’t find the words to describe how much this upsets me.

  May 03, 2012 at 07:01pm