Blood Ivory is a story from Simon Ashcroft’s past when he was a counter-terrorism intelligence officer with the Australian Secret Intelligence Services (ASIS). He’s on a mission in northern Tanzania hunting the financiers of a South East Asian terrorist organisation. Investigations lead him to the some of the richest wildlife reserves found anywhere on the […]
MAJETE WILDLIFE RESERVE, Malawi Two decades ago, this patch of Malawian forest was almost emptied of wildlife. The last elephants had been poached. The lions had been caught in snare traps. Other species died off as their range was diced by machete-wielding farmers. Now the animals have returned in a modern-day Noah’s ark — a […]
The GREAT DECLINE “The disappearance of wildlife species is perhaps the most pressing and serious of all environmental problems, threatening the loss of valuable natural services and, as a result, undermining human well-being. The already accelerating rate of species loss is set to become faster still, as existing pressures arising from human population growth, expansion […]
A stockpile of tonnes of “blood ivory” was dumped into a crusher in the US More than six tons of confiscated ivory including tusks, carvings and jewellery have been crushed in the US. Thousands of items accumulated over the past 25 years were dumped into a steel crusher at the National Wildlife Property Repository north […]
If you want a sobering look at the scale of wildlife trafficking, just visit the National Eagle and Wildlife Repository on the outskirts of Denver. In the middle of a national reserve is a cavernous warehouse stuffed with the remains of 1.5 million animals, whole and in parts. They range from taxidermied polar bears to […]
This is hopeful news out of Chad. Now, Chad is a rare safe haven for Elephants. Thank you for making these courageous decisions to protect such a amazing creature. “If everyone’s stomachs are up to it, we can go see the elephants,” said Rian Labuschagne, his voice crackling through my aviation headset.Receiving the thumbs-up from […]
Dedicated to icons as Cecil, Xanda, his brother and all wildlife, who lost, and still loose their precious lifes, by facing the destructive power of lead.