A report from the Convention in the Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) shows that in 2016, the overall trend of elephant poaching in Africa has declined. However, conservationists warn it’s too soon to celebrate.
With a lack of appropriate enforcement tools at the border and unregulated domestic markets, if you manage to get your ivory or rhino horn into New Zealand or Australia, you are home and hosed to make a killing.
126 captive elephants in 26 facilities. All used for human entertainment of which 14 facilities offer elephant back riding and only a handful of facilities show signs of stopping.
Rhino poaching might be on the decrease; elephant poaching is on the rise. But without up to date poaching figures from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) how do we know? That is why a South African NGO has been forced to waste valuable resources collating information that should be readily available in order to separate fact from fiction.
First there was a clampdown on rhino poaching statistics. Now the same is happening with information on elephant ivory poaching.
A 31-year-old woman was killed when a wild elephant stormed a village near a national park in south-western Nepal on Wednesday.
Tracking collars and sophisticated telemetary are a good way to see where wild elephants roam. They can also lead grisly discoveries about where they die.
Knysna Elephant Park owners will face charges for animal cruelty despite an initial decision to decline prosecution.
A growing number of international tour companies refusing to promote elephant riding is putting South Africa’s elephant back safari industry under pressure to pack in the lucrative but unethical/questionable practice of riding elephants.
“I couldn’t have written this encounter better if it was for a movie. Some of us had to change our pants.”