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Ron Glucksman

Ron Glucksman, Co-Founder

Ron Glucksman is a media strategist with a multi-national client base in diverse industries, including Telecomm, Fashion and Finance.  Originally from Israel, he was raised in The Netherlands and New England; Boston eventually became his family home, where he attended Brandeis University and then moved on to Carnegie Mellon for his MBA. Ron’s passion for elephants was reignited when he recently read Dame Sheldrick’s memoir Love, Life and Elephants. The seed for Ivory For Elephants was born after many a sleepless night of feeling helpless in the face of elephants’ plight. The resulting connection with Jonathan Sismey forged an idea into a reality and they are now striving to use the power of media to lessen the demand for Ivory. Ron resides in Brooklyn with Selene (his canine companion), and escapes to the Catskills mountain region to enjoy and connect with nature.

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Jonathan Sisme

Jonathan Sismey, Co-Founder

Jonathan Sismey is a media consultant and works with several major international publishing companies, handling elements of their print, online and sponsorship opportunities globally. He is a UK native, having moved to the US in mid 1995 to broaden his career, initially working in the chemical and pharmaceutical areas for Reed Business Information, a division of Elsevier Inc. When he realized, through meeting with Ron Glucksman– a like-minded colleague, how his contacts and audience-reach could be leveraged to assist in saving the elephants, IFE was created. He currently lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York with his wife Victoria, also from the UK, and their two children Samuel and Charlotte, who were both born in Brooklyn (and definitely speak with a different dialect.)

Aki Martin

Aki Martin, Creative Strategies

Aki Martin is a marketing strategist and advertising industry veteran, with over 15 years experience working across agencies and non-profit organizations. She became involved with Ivory for Elephants after meeting Jonathan Sismey at an industry conference, and was quickly engulfed with concern over the urgency and importance of the elephant crisis. Inspired by her daughter’s love of elephants and saddened by the prospect of their extinction, she was compelled and motivated to join the IFE team, to help raise awareness, advocacy and funding to support this important issue. As part of the IFE team, she contributes to strategy, planning and copy writing to IFE’s communication and fundraising efforts.

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Victoria Bailey, Social Media

If there’s anything happening on FaceBook for IFE, you can bet Victoria Bailey knows about it. A UK native with intense interests in wildlife conservation, ecology and sustainability, Victoria brings an amazing global network to life. She is well traveled, with specific interests in art, wine, and gardening. She currently lives with her husband, Jonathan (c0-founder of IFE) and two children in the Hudson Valley region of New York.

Danielle Underhill, Editor in Chief - IFE Blog

Danielle Underhill is a passionate environmentalist and nature enthusiast with a particular affinity for elephant conservation. After receiving her degree in conservation biology and ecology she traveled to Africa in the summer of 2015. There she spent time in Kenya and Madagascar, writing a travel blog detailing her experiences with various humanitarian and environmental NGOs, as well as her encounters with the unbelievable wildlife found in Africa. An experience that would leave Danielle speechless was one in which she witnessed wild elephants in their natural habitat on the Kenyan Masai Mara. Although left without words at the time, Danielle knew at that moment where she needed to direct her efforts. After returning to the United States, Danielle packed her things and moved from Arizona to Washington D.C. to be closer to non-profits working to protect elephants. Since arriving in the District she has since held an internship with Island Press, an environmental publishing organization, as well as a research position with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the World Wildlife Fund studying the ivory trade in America.

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Sarah Thornton

Sarah Thornton, Events & Outreach

Sarah Thornton has become passionate advocate of animal rights in recent years. Introduced to Ivory for Elephants by co-founder Ron Glucksman, she was immediately interested in helping advance the cause. Sarah’s amazing social media and networking skills promise to bring IFE into the limelight. Originally from Ohio, Sarah has lived in Brooklyn for the past 13 years where she shares a home with her husband and two cats. She received her B.S. in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School at Ohio University and has been working in a support role in the finance industry for the past decade.

Robert DiScalfani

Robert DiScalfani, Photography/Film

Robert DiScalfani has been an editorial and commercial photographer in New York for over twenty years. Though most of his work is created for the commercial market, his aesthetic style stems from his background and love of fine art, photography & film. As a cinematographer, Robert has shot for an independent feature-length film titled ‘Perception’ by writer/director Wade Wofford. Robert recently traveled to India, Vietnam, the Philippines & Cambodia to film for the US-based children’s charity ‘SmileTrain’ and the Prime Time cable show ‘The Doctors.’ His food photography has led him to shoot ‘Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook’ as well as ‘Da Silvano Cookbook: Simple Secrets from New York’s Favorite Italian Restaurant’ by chef & restaurateur Silvano Marchetto. Robert currently runs Bond Street Productions in Brooklyn, NY.

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South Africa: Rhino Poacher Jailed for 20 Years

[SAPS] On 7 September 2017, 30-year-old Mapoyisa Mahlauli was sentenced to an effective 20 years imprisonment after he was found guilty in the Skukuza Regional court for various rhino-poaching related crimes.

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Africa: How Ivory Fell Into the Hands of Organized Criminal Syndicates

[IPS] Cambridge -“Ivory is like a drug and you have to be careful with it. If you are serious and desire it, you can get all you want, but you have to be patient and act very carefully,” a Cameroonian man selling ivory items from a network of shops across Central Africa, told TRAFFIC investigators in 2014.

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Zimbabwe: Poachers Poison Jumbos

[The Herald] Two elephants were killed by suspected poachers using cyanide in the Liasha area of Hwange, the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority of Zimbabwe has said. About 260 kilogrammes of cyanide has since been recovered in a bushy area, while one of the elephants had been dehorned. The carcasses were recovered on Friday last week.

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Namibia: N$866 000 Raised for Anti-Poaching Drive

[Namibian] THE Hunters United Against Poaching Trust last Thursday hosted a gala dinner and fund raising auction during which N$866 000 was raised for use in anti-poaching activities.

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Namibia: NGOs Cry Foul Over Licensing to Kill Desert Elephants

[Namibian] TWO non-governmental organisations have accused government of indiscriminately issuing licences for desert elephants to be shot.

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IFAW collaborates on new scientific report about sharks, rays and chimaeras

Sep 7 2017

silky shark swims in the gulf of mexico

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Kasungu National Park’s wildlife is recovering after 25 years of poaching

Sep 6 2017

The increase in scale and nature of the illegal wildlife trade combined with Malawi’s previously undeveloped and ineffective law enforcement efforts has had a devastating effect on the nation’s wildlife. Kasungu National Park, Malawi’s oldest protected area was once a thriving ecosystem with an abundance of wildlife. Rhino and lion populations that were once flourishing have been completely wiped out, while elephant numbers went from 2,000 in the 1980’s to just over 50 in 2015.

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Kasungu National Park’s wildlife is recovering after 25 years of poaching

Sep 6 2017

The increase in scale and nature of the illegal wildlife trade combined with Malawi’s previously undeveloped and ineffective law enforcement efforts has had a devastating effect on the nation’s wildlife. Kasungu National Park, Malawi’s oldest protected area was once a thriving ecosystem with an abundance of wildlife. Rhino and lion populations that were once flourishing have been completely wiped out, while elephant numbers went from 2,000 in the 1980’s to just over 50 in 2015.

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Africa: Wildlife Crime – Why Diverse Data Will Drive Better Responses

[ISS] Since 2006, Southern Africa has been facing an increasing poaching crisis. The securitisation of national parks and private reserves has become a multi-million-rand industry. The cost to secure South Africa’s Kruger National Park alone, for instance, is estimated at around R200 million annually. Parks are increasingly militarised in their approach to curbing the threat, with many using advanced drone and tracking technologies.

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Angola: IDF Preserves Rare Species of Fauna and Flora

[ANGOP] Matala -Animals such as black buffalo, elephant, leopard and wild boar are some of the rare species of fauna considered privileged and cataloged by the Forest Development Institute (IDF), in the Bicuar National Park, southern Huíla province, preventing them from being extinguished.

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Zimbabwe: Poacher Zimparks Employee Shot

[The Herald] A Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) employee was shot and injured while allegedly poaching for elephant tusks at Mana Pools National Park.

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Elephants needing a room: hawkmoths on the march for a pupal pad

A herd of elephant hawkmoth caterpillars is trooping across my garden to pupate

Caterpillars are on the march. In the past week I’ve found several elephant hawkmoth caterpillars trooping across my garden. These are arguably the most subtly beautiful of the charismatic hawkmoth grubs. They are deep brown and charcoal grey with four arresting “eyes” of black, brown and silver – part of an armoury of deterrents against voracious birds, which includes the sudden switching into “snake” mode when disturbed, to discombobulate predators.

The adult moth takes its name from the caterpillar’s trunk-like snout, although its bewitching pink hued wings are also the colour of a cartoon elephant.

Related: Exotic migrant moths invade Britain under cover of darkness

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