Nearly 90 Elephants Found Dead Near Botswana Sanctuary, Killed By Poachers https://www.npr.org/2018/09/03/644340279/nearly-90-elephants-found-dead-near-botswana-sanctuary-killed-by-poachers The photographs in this article are horrific, and do not show the orphaned young elephants who were dependent on their mothers for milk. This headline from yesterday makes us more grateful to nearly 300 of our supporters who joined us at our Safari […]

via Nearly 90 Elephants Found Dead Near Botswana Sanctuary, Killed By Poachers — Elephants, Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

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When Elephants Were Young is a 2016 documentary about wild and captive elephants in Thailand, one family’s relationship with elephants and street begging, and the efforts to reintroduce elephants to the wild. Through interviews with numerous people, the film shows the complexity of Thailand’s relationship with elephants, including the ivory trade, street begging, and captivity.

via When Elephants Were Young [Review] — Animals of the Pacific Northwest

Kenyan Wildlife Service has arrested 5 people with Vietnamese passports for smuggling Ivory

The Kenyan Wildlife Service has arrested five men for smuggling finished ivory products. Since 2009, ten tons of raw and worked ivory has been illegally harvested from Kenyan sources.

In 2012, 384 Elephants and 19 Rhinos were lost to poachers, the previous year’s tally was 289 Elephants and 29 Rhinos. Four  Kenyan Game Rangers have been killed in this same period.

Policing this illegal trade has been difficult as sophisticated organized crime groups dominate this illicit trade, and this is a serious problem throughout Africa.

More aggressive policing on the ground with heavily-armed game wardens in the field, and the use of trained sniffer dogs at shipping points will hopefully help stem this serious trade.