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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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Wildlife Crimes Investigation Unit leads to Zambian ivory trafficker arrest

May 23 2017

Ivory, from no less than five elephants, was unsuccessfully smuggled across the Zambia Malawi border and picked up by IFAW’s Wildlife Crimes Investigations Unit – thanks to their undercover informant network.Zambia-Malawi Border.

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Rescued elephant calf reunited with mother

May 22 2017

An elephant calf struggles to get out of a water tank near a village near the outer edge of Pakke Tiger Reserve in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. read more

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Big Game Hunter Killed by Elephant in Zimbabwe

Theunis Botha, 51, of South Africa, led hunting trips for wealthy tourists. An elephant fell on him after it was shot by another hunter.

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留住大象,哪怕为了这些“功利”的理由

大象的DNA里可能藏着抗击癌症、延年益寿的秘密,哪怕为了人类自身,我们也该好好对待大象。(翻译:子明/chinadialogue)

现在或许正是大象种群最黑暗的时代。中国正在取缔国内象牙贸易,欧盟也将着手对付象牙走私,但偷猎者们还在继续他们的血腥交易。与此同时,森林正遭到破坏,象群的迁徙路线被截断,人类和大象之间围绕土地、食物和水源的竞争愈演愈烈

所以,现在必须让大家明白:保留大象的生存空间对人类自身益处多多。并且人类根本不需要特别做什么,大象自会找到自己的领地。

Related: 《卫报》为何要用中文报道大象的生存危机?

Related: 人口70亿的世界,如何保护野生动植物?

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Namibia: Hundreds Arrested for Poaching

[New Era] Windhoek -The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has revealed that they arrested more than 222 suspects for poaching and illegal possession of either rhino horns or elephant tusks in 2016.

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Why would Theresa May ditch a pledge to ban ivory trading?

The Tories’ manifesto has dropped a promise to outlaw the trade. Protecting wildlife should be a priority, not an option

Strange news: Theresa May has decided to drop a Tory pledge to push for a total ban on ivory trading (only the sale of ivory items produced after 1947 is prohibited). Why would she do that? Doesn’t she need votes? I thought nearly everyone loved elephants – who votes for helping to wipe them out? Apparently, wealthy antiques dealers. Lady (Victoria) Borwick, the Tory candidate for Kensington and the president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, is an acquaintance of the PM; perhaps she was whom May had in mind.

This makes me feel horribly sick. Although Borwick and her colleagues are primarily concerned with pieces from the pre-1947 era, the fact these items remain in circulation arguably has a knock-on effect on how hunting is perceived. An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, with more being shot for fun by big-game hunters – what is to stop a dishonest dealer passing off new spoils as old?

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Zimbabwe: Ivory Case Hits Snag At Constitutional Court

[The Herald] Two Harare women accused of unlawful possession of 25,9 kilogrammes of raw ivory valued at $6 475 have had their case seeking to compel the prosecution to reveal the informant struck off the Constitutional Court’s roll.

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Zimbabwe: Exported Baby Elephants Distraught

[Zimbabwe Standard] Last year, more than 30 baby elephants were taken out of their natural habitats and with the blessings from the government and the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Authority (ZimParks), were flown to China. They were then dispatched to various zoos throughout the Asian country and their lives were never the same again.

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South Africa: SA Hunter ‘Trampled to Death By Elephants in Zimbabwe’ – Report

[News24Wire] Zimbabwe’s national wildlife authority has confirmed the death of a South African hunter killed by elephants near Hwange in the west of the country this weekend, it was reported on Sunday.

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South Africa: Rhino Owners Cry Foul After Poaching Gang Suspects Get Bail

[News24Wire] South Africa’s rhino security community has expressed outrage after a Grahamstown High Court judge granted bail to three of the country’s most notorious rhino poaching suspects, the Ndlovu Gang, effectively releasing them from police custody. This despite strong arguments from the State that the trio posed an immediate flight risk and a continued threat to rhino.A month after hearing the group’s second bid for bail, in April, Judge JE Smith this week granted R15 000 bail each to Zimbabwean nationals Forget

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Live Q&A: What impact is human development having on the world’s elephant populations?

The conflict between humans and elephants for space and resources is driving the rapid decline of elephant populations. Join us on Wednesday 24 May from 1-2.30pm BST to discuss how elephants and humans can live together

This week an elderly man was killed by a wild elephant in central India as he picked tendu leaves in the Surajpur forest. A few days earlier, a father and his son were injured after two elephants wandered into their house in Tamil Nadu. As human populations grow and communities live in closer proximity to elephants, one of the world’s most unique and beautiful animals can become the most dangerous.

But human development is also contributing to the severe decline in elephant populations. Across Asia and Africa, elephants’ natural habitats are being destroyed by rapid urbanisation and industrial and agricultural expansion.

Related: Can elephants and humans live together?

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Zimbabwe: Safari Players Await U.S. Decision On Ivory Ban

[Zimbabwe Independent] THE Safari Operators’ Association of Zimbabwe (Soaz) is awaiting a decision by the United States over an ivory ban which has crippled its operations and severely reduced its revenue base, businessdigest has learnt.

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