This week on Shortwave, Slash, former lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, talks about his involvement in the fight against the illegal ivory trade. Continue reading
Ask any researcher or conservationist how many elephants are in Africa and you will be hard-pressed to get an exact number. But now, in what is being heralded as the largest survey since the 1970s, scientists will try to answer that question by conducting an aerial and on-the-ground census of all of Africa’s elephants. Continue reading
The Great Elephant census, an ambitious two-year initiative funded by an American philanthropist for $7 million, aims to count all of the elephants on the continent of Africa in order to save the species through conservation efforts. But as elephant numbers continue dwindle across the continent, due in large part to poaching, researchers — already faced with a herculean task and countries resistant to join the census — must first establish how many they are trying to save. NewsHour’s Martin Seemungal reports. Continue reading
A new report published by the Environmental Investigation Agency revealed incidents of corruption that involved Chinese criminal gangs smuggling ivory out of Tanzania with the help of corrupt Tanzanian officials.
Used for centuries for war and entertainment, the giant mammals are in danger of extinction due to the illegal ivory trade. Elephants truly never forget, and they can cooperate, problem solve and are self-aware. But they have never eaten peanuts. Here’s some things you should know about these animals. Continue reading
Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya is a small success story in a much larger catastrophe. Rangers for the Big Life Foundation track elephants and rhinos, looking for signs of poachers and responding quickly to reports of danger, or worse, a killing. Continue reading
Well, this is unusual: I am standing in the middle of a dozen or so elephants, one running his trunk up my chest toward my face, another giving me a bump in the rear end. One does not do this with adult elephants in the wild, but these are children, babies in some cases, age 3 months to 3 years, orphans who’ve been brought from all over Kenya to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi National Park. Continue reading
African elephants could be extinct within the century if poaching rates continue unabated, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Continue reading