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World Elephant Day

August 12 is World Elephant Day and asks you to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face. Take a moment to think on the experience of elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection. On World Elephant Day, August 12, express your concern, share your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike.

Wear It For Elephants

In the 2014 Fall Collection, to help protect endangered elephants and reduce ivory trade, Gudrun Sjödén Design contributed $8 with every purchase of the ‘Elephant’ top.  Designed with precious elephants in mind, the Elefant top is a soft silky jersey with an elephant print in a linen/cotton weave. Wonderfully charming elephants plod along in rows to create a lovely pattern on color options of steel blue, potato, and black. Over $35,000 was raised and donated directly to our alliance members.

Namibia: Elephant Kills Trophy Hunter

[Namibian] An Argentinian hunter was trampled to death by an elephant, while a tourist from Spain died in a road accident on Saturday.

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Malawi: UK Pledges to Support Govt in Protecting Wildlife

[Nyasa Times] The United Kingdom has pledged to work with the government of Malawi and other partners to combat the insidious ivory trade.

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Tanzania’s ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven

Lions, elephants and hippos have vanished from Kilombero valley after UK and US-funded projects helped turn a once-thriving habitat into farmland, teak, and sugar plantations

The long road from Dar es Salaam brings you through sparsely wooded hills and fields to the narrow northern neck of the Kilombero valley. There’s a bend in the road, then the land opens out, suddenly, in front of you.

Along the west side lie the steep-faced Udzungwa mountains, one of the last pristine rainforests in Tanzania. The Kilombero river runs through the red soils of the valley, flooding in November or December and subsiding by June. Down the longer eastern flank rise the Mahenge mountains, and beyond them, invisible, unfurls the vast territory of the Selous game reserve, one of the largest remaining chunks of African wilderness.

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Tanzania’s ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven

Lions, elephants and hippos have vanished from Kilombero valley after UK- and US-funded projects helped turn a once-thriving habitat into farmland, teak, and sugar plantations

The long road from Dar es Salaam brings you through sparsely wooded hills and fields to the narrow northern neck of the Kilombero valley. There’s a bend in the road, then the land opens out, suddenly, in front of you.

Along the west side lie the steep-faced Udzungwa mountains, one of the last pristine rainforests in Tanzania. The Kilombero river runs through the red soils of the valley, flooding in November or December and subsiding by June. Down the longer eastern flank rise the Mahenge mountains, and beyond them, invisible, unfurls the vast territory of the Selous game reserve, one of the largest remaining chunks of African wilderness.

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Elephants unchained: ‘The day has gone by when this was entertainment’

As our understanding of the minds of our fellow species improves, will we increasingly look back at the way we have treated them in horror and repulsion?

  • Photographs by Karine Aigner

Water streams off the edges of her giant ears, runs in rivulets down the wrinkles of her slate-grey skin. She presses her whole head into the hose’s force, the spray welling into her mouth. As she drinks, she rubs her skin against the steel fence, her eyelids drooping luxuriously, her trunk relaxing. If ever I’ve seen a captive elephant happy, it’s Flora this morning.

There are no people laughing or pointing here at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. There are no infants crying, no children arguing. The public are not allowed into the sanctuary, whose unofficial motto is, “Allow elephants to be elephants”: give them the freedom of choice, the freedom of large areas to explore, the freedom from human gawkers (apart from via the online elecams) while still providing the kind of care that comes with a zoo.

In Indonesia, activists have photographed an elephant in a zoo that lives alone with its feet tied together by a chain.

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World Elephant Day is a reminder of our moral duty to care for nature

Paula Kahumbu: Ending ivory trafficking should be at the heart of a new vision for Africa’s development

Today a life-sized ice sculpture of an African elephant will be placed in Union Square in Downtown Manhattan. Over the course of the day, this massive ice sculpture will gradually melt, symbolizing the alarming rate in which African elephants are continuing to disappear at the hands of poachers.

The event is one of many being organised across the world on 12 August to celebrate World Elephant Day. It is part of the campaign #DontLetThemDisappear launched by Amarula Trust in partnership with the Kenyan NGO WildlifeDirect to raise global awareness of the plight of Africa’s elephants.

Elephants have lived in coexistence with human beings in Africa for millions of years. They are part of our natural environment our culture, our identity and our heritage. We are alarmed that trade in ivory in other parts of the world threaten the very existence of this majestic species and we call on all citizens of the world to celebrate World Elephant Day on 12th August, by renewing their commitment to end trade in ivory. The only place that it belongs is on the elephant. Let’s play our part in keeping them alive.

Where else can you find elephants roaming around except in Africa? Where else can you find fresh air that is not polluted except here? When I landed here and I was hit by fresh air, I understood why people come here. It’s a business opportunity, so leverage that.

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South Africa: Manhunt to Find Poachers After Lions Poisoned, Mutilated

[News24Wire] Police outside Lephalale have launched a manhunt after suspected poachers poisoned and killed two lions at a farm in Vaalwater, Limpopo.

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Global momentum to shut down ivory markets provides reason to celebrate on World Elephant Day

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Aug 11 2017

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Global momentum to shut down ivory markets provides reason to celebrate on World

On Saturday millions of animal lovers around the world will be raising a cheer for nature’s biggest land animal, the elephant.

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Illegal trade seizures: Elephant ivory

The post Illegal trade seizures: Elephant ivory appeared first on EIA International.

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South Africa: Call to Legalise Rhino Horn Sales After Latest Killing in Jeffreys Bay

[News24Wire] A private game farm owner has called for the legalising of rhino horn sales in South Africa as the only way to curb the rampant rhino poaching taking place, after two of his rhino were killed.

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What the future holds this World Elephant Day

Aug 11 2017

In November 2008, South Africa sold 51.8 tons (47 tonnes) of stockpiled ivory to buyers representing Japan and China. Kruger National Park. photo by John Hrusa.I have never felt as optimistic for elephants as I feel today on this World Elephant Day 2017.

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UK is the largest supplier to the world’s ivory markets

LONDON: New analysis by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has revealed that the UK is the world’s largest exporter of legal ivory – and the largest exporter of legal…

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