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 […]
The big 5 in Kenya Wildlife Reserves
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.
Wildlife populations declined by an average of 60% over the last four decades
It is not the first time that we see burning elephants. The habitat of Asian elephants is shrinking. A crowd of people in an Indian village brutally attacked an elephant and his cub and shot the couple with firebombs. After getting close to humans, they were shot at with firebombs. The problem: […]
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.