African forest elephants decline by 62% in 10 years

Wed, 2013-03-06 07:19 by Hans
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Forest elephant numbers have decreased by 62% across Central Africa over the last 10 years, according to a study.

Read the complete article in BBC Nature News

The analysis confirmed fears that African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) are heading for extinction, possibly within the next decade.

Legal Ivory Trade?

Fri, 2013-02-08 11:23 by cmoss

In this important article we argue against a legal ivory trade, which, unfortunately, some mis-guided and naive economists think is possible and recommended.

Ivory demand threatens African elephant survival (video)

Fri, 2013-01-18 22:12 by Hans

Open this BBC page, then click on the red triangle symbol on the left side of the video screen to start playing.

Article on Poaching by Winnie Kiiru

Mon, 2013-01-14 13:28 by cmoss

Winnie Kiiru, who was supported for her Ph.D. research in Amboseli by ATE, has written the following in "The Star" newspaper in Kenya:

Kenya: It Is Time to Act On Elephant Poaching
By Winnie Kiiru, The Star
11 January 2013

Poaching of both rhino and elephant has reached alarming levels in Kenya. The recent killing of a family of 12 elephants in Tsavo East National Park by a gang of poachers has raised the level of alarm both nationally and internationally.

Rangers in Isolated Central Africa Uncover Grim Cost of Protecting Wildlife

Sun, 2013-01-06 17:49 by Hans

The Price of Ivory
Published: December 31, 2012

Read the complete article - in The New York Times

ZAKOUMA NATIONAL PARK, Chad — Just before dawn, the rangers were hunched over in prayer, facing east. They pressed their foreheads into the dry earth and softly whispered Koranic verses, their lips barely moving. A cool wind bit at their faces.

All of a sudden, Djimet Seid, the cook, said he heard “one war whoop—or maybe it was a scream.”

Happy Holidays

Tue, 2012-12-25 07:35 by cmoss

Wishing you joyful holidays and a peaceful New Year. Our New Year's resolution will be to continue fighting for the very survival of elephants here in Africa. Demand for ivory is out of control. Join with us and pledge to fight for elephants.

Maasai Olympics

Sat, 2012-12-15 18:23 by cmoss
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We are very excited to be supporting a wonderful initiative in the Amboseli ecosystem, which will take place on 22 December. The final games resulting from many smaller games at the group ranch level will be held at Kimana. Warriors from four ranches will be participating in running, jumping, rungu throwing, javelin, etc. There will be grand prizes in each category. The guest of honor will be David Rudisha, record-breaking winner of the 800 metres at this year's London Olympics.

South Sudan's elephants could be gone in five years, group warns

Wed, 2012-12-05 07:48 by Hans

By Herward Holland, Reuters

JUBA, South Sudan -- The once-thriving elephant population of South Sudan could be wiped out in five years if rampant poaching is not brought under control, a wildlife protection group said on Tuesday.

Read the complete article at NBC News