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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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Why Can’t We Protect Elephants?

They need our help, not an easier way to make their carcasses into trophies.

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For Now, Trump to Keep Ban on Importing Elephant Trophies

The president reversed his own administration’s decision in an evening tweet, prohibiting trophies of killed elephants from being brought into the country.

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Trump Bags Another Anti-Obama Trophy: Dead Elephants

The administration is lifting a ban on importing elephant parts severed as trophies after the animals are shot in Zimbabwe.

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Trump Administration to Lift Ban on ‘Trophy’ Elephant Imports

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it planned to reverse a ban on the imports from Zimbabwe, following its earlier move to allow them from Zambia.

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Lions next in line of fire as US rolls back curbs on African hunting trophies

The Trump administration’s lifting of restrictions on importing elephant body parts from Zimbabwe and Zambia is not the last gift to hunting interests

Hunting interests have scored a major victory with the Trump administration’s decision to allow Americans to bring home body parts of elephants shot for sport in Africa. Another totemic species now looks set to follow suit – lions.

As the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) was announcing it was lifting a ban on the import of elephant “trophies” from Zimbabwe and Zambia, it also quietly published new guidelines that showed lions shot in the two African countries will also be eligible to adorn American homes.

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Trump sons’ hunting in focus as US lifts import ban on African elephant trophies

  • Obama administration imposed ban because of conservation concerns
  • Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump are enthusiastic big game hunters

The Trump administration’s decision to loosen restrictions around the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia has turned attention back to the president’s family’s own connection to the controversial sport.

Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump are prolific big-game hunters and during the 2016 campaign, images re-emerged of the pair on a 2011 hunting trip posing with animals they had killed on safari, including an elephant, a buffalo and a leopard.

The GOP. Here’s Donald Trump Jr. holding the tail of an elephant (party symbol) that he killed. #TrumpSacrifices pic.twitter.com/FIGkcH2F0t

What went so wrong with Trump sons that they could kill this beautiful creature pic.twitter.com/L1gquLQrRz

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US to allow imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe

Campaigners fear move by Trump administration will damage global efforts to end the ivory trade

Donald Trump’s administration plans to allow imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe into the US – a move campaigners fear could damage global momentum on ending the ivory trade.

In 2014, US big game hunters killing elephants in Zimbabwe were banned from bringing their trophies home, on the basis that the country had failed to show that it was taking elephant management seriously.

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Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello review – brilliant essays on immortal beasts

The meanings of Dürer’s rhino, Mozart’s starling, Darwin’s tortoise and others explored with wild imagination and pyrotechnic prose

Elena Passarello starts this extraordinary book with the image of Yuka, a woolly mammoth chiselled from the softening permafrost by Siberian tusk hunters in 2010. First a rounded hoof comes into view, then a hollowed-out eye and finally the flank still bearing evidence of the gash that must have done for young Yuka – she was no more than 10 years old when she died – nearly 40 millennia ago. Most surprising of all, though, is the burning smoulder of her pelt, which has kept to its unconvincing ginger-red despite the passing centuries. Whoever knew that woolly mammoths shared their hair colour with dime-store dolls?

As Yuka is flopped on to the snowmobile it is not her odd dislocations – most of her spine is gone although her legs remain rigid – that qualify as one of the “curious poses” of the book’s title (taken incidentally from a line in “When Doves Cry” by Prince). It is what happens next, Passarello suggests, that stretches and shrinks Yuka into something truly strange. First she becomes the object of hard financial bargaining as the tusk hunters hide her carcass in a frozen cave and wait for the highest bidder. Then, when the scientists finally get their hands on her, she morphs into the poster child for a “rewilding” initiative that aims to make extinct breeds live again by splicing their ancient DNA into the embryo of their nearest living relatives.

Passarello moves between musicology, biography and the golden throat of a bird brain with virtuosic ease

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Pintail ducks, an elephant seal pup and an osprey in action are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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A green tree frog and an erupting volcano: Friday’s best photos

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights, including a baby elephant and Melania Trump on the Great Wall

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Man jailed after rhino horns and elephant tusks are found in attic

Abbas Allawi is sentenced to 14 months for trying to sell on Instagram endangered animal parts worth up to £2m

A would-be trader in endangered animal parts has been jailed after rhino horns, elephant tusks and hippo teeth worth up to £2m were discovered by specially trained search dogs in a police raid.

Abbas Allawi, 52, was arrested when officers from the Metropolitan police’s wildlife crime unit searched his home in Gisburne Way, Watford, on 19 October last year.

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Man jailed after rhino horns and elephant tusks are found in attic

Abbas Allawi is sentenced to 14 months for trying to sell on Instagram endangered animal parts worth up to £2m

A would-be trader in endangered animal parts has been jailed after rhino horns, elephant tusks and hippo teeth worth up to £2m were discovered by specially trained search dogs in a police raid.

Abbas Allawi, 52, was arrested when officers from the Metropolitan police’s wildlife crime unit searched his home in Gisburne Way, Watford, on 19 October last year.

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