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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 - NYTimes.com (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 »

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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 »

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wwf:

It looks better on him than it does on you. Don’t buy ivory & #killthetrade that kills elephants. http://bit.ly/Pb5wNZ

wwf:

It looks better on him than it does on you. Don’t buy ivory & #killthetrade that kills elephants. http://bit.ly/Pb5wNZ

reportagebygettyimages:

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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discoverynews:

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

discoverynews:

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

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earthhour:

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

earthhour:

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

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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climateadaptation:

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.

climateadaptation:

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.

#animals   #animal cruelty   #elephants   #ivory   #poachers   #queue  
revkin:

Terrible year for elephants. Huge rise in big ivory seizures = ~2500 killed animals. @traffic_WLTrade for more. Release here.

revkin:

Terrible year for elephants. Huge rise in big ivory seizures = ~2500 killed animals. @traffic_WLTrade for more. Release here.

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anelephantblog:

Kenyan president sets 5 tons of ivory ablaze to push conservationKenyan President Mwai Kibaki set five tons of elephant tusks and  ivory carvings ablaze Wednesday in the first national celebration of  African Elephant Law Enforcement Day.
The president burned 335  elephant tusks and more than 40,000 ivory carvings, which were seized  from smugglers in Singapore, according to a news statement by the Kenya  Wildlife Service.
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anelephantblog:

Kenyan president sets 5 tons of ivory ablaze to push conservation
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki set five tons of elephant tusks and ivory carvings ablaze Wednesday in the first national celebration of African Elephant Law Enforcement Day.

The president burned 335 elephant tusks and more than 40,000 ivory carvings, which were seized from smugglers in Singapore, according to a news statement by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Read more.

hope it works…

#elephants   #ivory   #kenya   #conservation  
shark-fin-soup:

Attention!  S.F.S will soon be having a day dedicated to PHYSICALLY helping animals!  We will be posting pictures (such as this one) of animal cruelty protests and we will be advertising different charities that you can check out and even sponsor if you like!
 We will also be informing you on ways that you can help animals without spending a cent! :D  As soon as we know the date of this day, you will! So keep an eye out!  Peace out!  M, from Shark Fin Soup

shark-fin-soup:

Attention!

S.F.S will soon be having a day dedicated to PHYSICALLY helping animals!

We will be posting pictures (such as this one) of animal cruelty protests and we will be advertising different charities that you can check out and even sponsor if you like!



We will also be informing you on ways that you can help animals without spending a cent! :D

As soon as we know the date of this day, you will! So keep an eye out!

Peace out!

M, from Shark Fin Soup
#elephant   #animals   #animal cruelty   #poaching   #ivory  
sustainable-sam:

climateadaptation:

100 Elephants were machined gunned down for their tusks in Chad, Africa. Tusks are carved from the skulls, then shipped in normal luggage to China’s extremely fast growing black market.
Above, Elephant with Half-Ear, Amboseli, Africa July 2010. Killed by Poachers August 2010. 
Big Life Foundation was founded by one man in 2010, Nick Brandt, a photographer and whom I consider an inspirational hero. Nick’s organization has had incredible successes in protecting elephants and their ecosystems in national parks throughout Kenya and other parts of Africa. For example, 

Within three months of being established, BIG LIFE has succeeded in breaking up the worst of the three main gangs operating along the Amboseli region Kenya/Tanzania border.This great success could not have been possible without the generosity of our donors who helped us purchase critical vehicles and equipment, hire anti-poaching teams, and develop our network of informers and associates.

In addition to poaching, drought and agriculture are threatening the species. Most of the ecosystems and land areas that Big Life works in are being impacted by climate change. For more on climate impacts, go here.
 
Elephants Walking Through Grass, Amboseli 2008. Leading Elephant Killed By Poachers, 2009.
Source: Big Life Foundation, an anti-poaching upstart by one man. 

We are so fortunate to be walking the earth with these giants. If only we could show them some respect. 

sustainable-sam:

climateadaptation:

100 Elephants were machined gunned down for their tusks in Chad, Africa. Tusks are carved from the skulls, then shipped in normal luggage to China’s extremely fast growing black market.

Above, Elephant with Half-Ear, Amboseli, Africa July 2010. Killed by Poachers August 2010. 

Big Life Foundation was founded by one man in 2010, Nick Brandt, a photographer and whom I consider an inspirational hero. Nick’s organization has had incredible successes in protecting elephants and their ecosystems in national parks throughout Kenya and other parts of Africa. For example, 

Within three months of being established, BIG LIFE has succeeded in breaking up the worst of the three main gangs operating along the Amboseli region Kenya/Tanzania border.This great success could not have been possible without the generosity of our donors who helped us purchase critical vehicles and equipment, hire anti-poaching teams, and develop our network of informers and associates.

In addition to poaching, drought and agriculture are threatening the species. Most of the ecosystems and land areas that Big Life works in are being impacted by climate change. For more on climate impacts, go here.

 

Elephants Walking Through Grass, Amboseli 2008. Leading Elephant Killed By Poachers, 2009.

Source: Big Life Foundation, an anti-poaching upstart by one man. 

We are so fortunate to be walking the earth with these giants. If only we could show them some respect. 

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#elephant   #death   #killing   #massacre   #ivory   #tusks   #chad   #africa   #animal cruelty   #animal welfare  
njwight:

This is an elephant’s body part–it is not raw “material” for Chinese carvings. 70% of poached ivory is bound for Asia where it is used for signature stamps called Hankos and for ornamental carvings. In 2009, an additional 37 retail stores were approved in China as new, official ivory retail outlets. Estimates are now as high as 38 elephant deaths a month and in Ambroseli, Kenya, there are few mature patriarchs left. It’s pathetic and painfully sad. Nick Brandt, who has captured the astonishing beauty of elephants in perhaps what are some of the greatest wildlife photos I have ever seen has started an organization worth reading about. http://www.biglifeafrica.org/

njwight:

This is an elephant’s body part–it is not raw “material” for Chinese carvings. 70% of poached ivory is bound for Asia where it is used for signature stamps called Hankos and for ornamental carvings. In 2009, an additional 37 retail stores were approved in China as new, official ivory retail outlets. Estimates are now as high as 38 elephant deaths a month and in Ambroseli, Kenya, there are few mature patriarchs left. It’s pathetic and painfully sad. Nick Brandt, who has captured the astonishing beauty of elephants in perhaps what are some of the greatest wildlife photos I have ever seen has started an organization worth reading about. http://www.biglifeafrica.org/

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