Meet the EWB team members, Gao, KB and KT, that keep EWB's Conservation Ecology Research Station going, we couldn't do it without their dedicated time and hard work! To learn more, visit our web site: [ Elephantswithoutborders.org Link ]
When they’ve taken all the ivory the demand for skin, tail and body parts from elephants will continue to have implications for elephants – it not just about the tusks.
These things need to be called out and addressed, if we are going to conserve and save our wildlife.
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The skin cure fad threatening Myanmar's elephants

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Dedicated to the core... EWB Director Dr. Mike Chase meets with Max Graham of Space for Giants in Gaborone with prominent Officials to plan exciting conservation projects in Botswana
If you were an elephant.... you...? (finish the sentence)

If you were an elephant …

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The shadowy collusion of South Africa with Mozambique, Laos and Vietnam is satiating Asia’s great thirst for illegally trafficked wildlife... from rhino horn, ivory, tiger and lion bone, parrots, pangolin and abalone... [ Conservationaction.co.za Link ]

Wildlife Trafficking: The Sordid Connection - Conservation Action Trust

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Thrilled to have worked with Sylvia Medina on a children's book, based in Botswana, about bushfires and poaching (African Bush Fire and the Elephant). Hope we manage many more!
Anyone interested in the books and series from the Green Kids Club, "Environmental Adventures for Kids" see: [ Greenkidsclub.com Link ]
The Elephant and the King addresses poaching and Jade Elephant, human-elephant...
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China alone cannot save the African elephants.... The future of African elephants is in the hands of every individual who wants to see the joy and wonder of coexisting with wildlife last far into the future. Great article by colleague, Gao Yufang in the Guardian: [ Theguardian.com Link ]

Ending the illegal ivory trade in China requires a holistic approach

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For those who have been to Chobe during the dry season (peak tourist season)... thought you would enjoy us sharing the "green" and lush look (and elephants) of the wet season on the riverfront! Enjoy your weekend!
How do we stop this crisis? Basically, we need to curb or eliminate our use of fossil fuels; set aside far more land and water for conservation; and stop black-market trade in animal products, particularly for elephant ivory. It won't be easy, but it's highly possible.... with your help!
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These groups are stopping mass extinction

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Rhino poachers caught red-handed (again) in South Africa. Arrested yesterday with rhino horn and rifles. Deon and André van Deventer are two of the 3 suspects identified so far. They were acquitted of Rhino poaching in a previous case in 2014...
Previous article about the van Deventer bothers : [ Annamiticus.com Link ]

South Africa's Game Industry Insiders Continue to Evade Punishment for Rhino Crimes :: ANNAMITICUS

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This week, Wed, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) set a new law which bans dealing in and ownership of all types of wild, domesticated and dangerous animals. ([ Aljazeera.com Link ]
This is a step in a good direction because buying and selling exotic animals fuels the illegal wildlife trade. The UAE's willingness to enact this legislation illustrates a commitment to strengthening restrictions on...
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Why We Need to Teach Kids That Exotic Animals Are Not Pets or Toys

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China may be vowing to phase out ivory trade in 2017, but Hong Kong's proposal is set for 5 years, which is too much time. Danny Friedman explains in the Hong Kong Free Press: [ Hongkongfp.com Link ]

Ivory ban to take 5 years? Only a bright-line rule can save the African elephant in time | Hong Kong Free Press

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Sighted today, just on the outskirts of town, a 15 pack of endangered Wild Dog who had just taken a Kudu. The scientific name for the African Wild dog, Lycaon pictus, means “painted wolf”. No two wild dogs have the same markings, which makes them easily identifiable as individuals. They are intelligent and cooperative hunters and have huge home ranges and are constant wanderers.
Now that China has joined the fight to save elephants, read why The New York Times Opinion Section says the hard work is far from over... before the celebrations begin, several cautionary notes are in order:
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China Joins the Fight to Save Elephants

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It makes for exciting evenings when wildlife is so plentiful around camp. Photos shared with us from visiting scientists staying at EWB's Conservation Ecology Research Station in the Okavango Delta. If you want to learn more about the station, visit: [ Elephantswithoutborders.org Link ]
The news that China will shut down their ivory trade by end of 2017 is certainly welcoming and may be the game changer in the battle to protect and save elephants. However, we cannot become complacent as there are many more battles to face. One has to ask, what effect will it have on poaching, other countries' markets, illegal trade, and most importantly elephants in the next few years?
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Hong Kong’s illegal ivory hub status ‘could grow after planned mainland China ban’

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It's a new day, a New Year and a new young elephant calf spotted along the Chobe floodplains!
Sending a trumpet of appreciation to all our recent online donors. We realize the season stretches everyone's budgets and there are so many fantastic causes to assist. So, we are overwhelmed and thankful to everyone that is supporting our projects in wildlife and elephant conservation! Trunks up...
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Reflecting on 2016, we have seen some impressive accomplishments but also tumultuous and trying times, thus we are grateful for those that have supported and shared in the efforts to protect nature, elephants, all species and the environment. Let us look towards 2017 with confidence and continue to work together with passion and determination so we may make the changes to see a positive,...
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Religious communities and organizations that have incorporated environmental stewardship into the stories of their missions and lived practices offer inspiration for their members and for the whole of society. Interesting blog by Shaun Casey, who serves as the U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
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Religious Communities: Partners in Countering Wildlife Trafficking

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