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We can save elephants. But can we save wild elephants?

Elephants will certainly survive. But it may only be in ‘fortress’ conservation parks. Is there any way to allow elephants to stay wild?

I have just returned from Kenya’s North Eastern Province where one night, camped out in a dry riverbed with just a mosquito net for cover, a herd of elephants emerged out of the dark – a great and almost silent mass of shapes.

They passed through our makeshift camp, looming over us, their tusks white against the night. I was close enough to hear them breathe, to hear the sound of their feet in the sand. Another minute and they were gone, leaving me in one of those rare states – awestruck – in the truest sense of the word.

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Botswana’s historic break from pro-ivory trade bloc

. Yesterday (October 3), Botswana made a clear and emphatic statement against ivory trade at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered…

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Bid for strongest protection for all African elephants defeated at wildlife summit

Cites meeting blocks proposal for ban on all trade of ivory from four southern African countries with stable or increasing elephant populations - but passes other vital conservation measures A bid to give the highest level of international legal protec...

Zimbabwe accused of preparing to ship dozens of young elephants to China

Conservationists say dozens of young elephants being captured by Zimbabwe’s government may be bound for China, rather than nearby national park

Concerns have been raised that Zimbabwe is again preparing to send dozens of young elephants to wildlife parks in China.

The government’s national park authority, ZimParks, began capturing elephants from Hwange national park in August and keeping them in pens at Umtshibi wildlife capture and relocation unit.

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Zimbabwe is going to send these elephants to China

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Future ivory trade is off the CITES table – and about time!

. CITES has voted not to adopt a decision-making mechanism for future trade in ivory – but what does this mean for elephants? After a frenetic and sometimes farcical afternoon…

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African elephant numbers plummet during ‘worst decline in 25 years’

African elephant population has contracted by around 111,000 in the past decade as a result of poaching, study finds

The number of African elephants dropped by about 111,000 in the past decade as a result of poaching, a report released at the Johannesburg conference on the wildlife trade has found.

News of the worst drop in elephant numbers in 25 years came amid disagreement on the second day of the global meeting over the best way to improve the plight of the animals, which are targeted for their tusks.

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Why the EU is right to oppose a global ivory ban | Colman O’Criodain

Controversial proposals ahead of this year’s global wildlife trade summit threaten to fuel a divisive debate and divert attention away from the real measures needed to tackle the illegal ivory trade

Anyone paying even cursory attention to wildlife stories in recent years would have heard all about Africa’s elephant poaching crisis. And with good reason. An estimated 30,000 animals are being killed for their ivory every year, a shockingly high figure that threatens the survival of central Africa’s forest elephants as well as some elephant populations in east Africa.

They also would have read about the international community’s response to the poaching crisis, with governments around the globe promising action and conservation organisations scaling up efforts to tackle elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade.

Related: African wildlife officials appalled as EU opposes a total ban on ivory trade

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A Call to Action

I remember my first encounter with wild elephants. “Quiet”, the person with the flashlight beaming under my tent flap whispered. The light stunned me awake, and as I shook off my grogginess and pushed back the cover of my sleeping bag, I saw the face behind the flashlight belonged to Noah, our Tanzanian guide. He held his finger to his lips and then waved my tent mate and me outside. When my eyes adjusted to the night, I could see what the others in our group were looking at. My jaw dropped. At the edge of our campsite, standing by a makeshift water fountain of piled stone, was a herd of maybe nine elephants.
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Zimbabwe blames disgruntled rangers and villagers for elephant poisonings

Environment minister says improved working conditions will help stop poaching in Hwange national park

Zimbabwe’s environment minister has blamed the poisoning of at least 71 elephants in recent months on disgruntled game rangers and local communities who do not benefit from wildlife revenues.

“It was noted that a number of issues such as low staff morale, lack of community benefits and hunting quota anomalies are fuelling poaching in Zimbabwe,” Oppah Muchinguri told a meeting of conservationists, government and security officials on Thursday.

Related: One culled elephant is a tragedy; 20,000 poached is a statistic

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Zimbabwe blames disgruntled rangers and villagers for elephant poisonings

Environment minister says improved working conditions will help stop poaching in Hwange national park

Zimbabwe’s environment minister has blamed the poisoning of at least 71 elephants in recent months on disgruntled game rangers and local communities who do not benefit from wildlife revenues.

“It was noted that a number of issues such as low staff morale, lack of community benefits and hunting quota anomalies are fuelling poaching in Zimbabwe,” Oppah Muchinguri told a meeting of conservationists, government and security officials on Thursday.

Related: One culled elephant is a tragedy; 20,000 poached is a statistic

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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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Mali’s Desert Elephants, on Edge of Annihilation, Get a Fighting Chance

With its elephants being slaughtered in staggering numbers, Mali created an armed brigade to defend them. The force faces threats not only from poachers but also terrorists and bandits.
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Trump Halted These Hunt Trophies. Elephant Lovers Will Never Forget It.

Just why the president shelved his own administration’s rule on bringing hunt trophies into the country — a weighty query — is the elephant in the room.
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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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Tories must step up on animal welfare | Letters

The League Against Cruel Sports’ Chris Luffingham suggests ways the Conservatives might start shedding their ‘nasty party’ image

There’s a simple solution to the Conservative dilemma about being perceived as uncaring (Report, 30 November). Don’t just talk about compassion – prove it. Supporting foxhunting and the ivory trade, and recently being perceived as denying that animals have feelings, have been PR disasters for the Conservatives.

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Africa:Burning Chillis Drive Elephants Away From African Farmers Crops

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rome -"This is an excellent non-lethal and low-cost opportunity for local farmers to keep elephants away from their crops"
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Namibia:57 000 Sign Petition Against Elephant Hunting

[Namibian] About 57 508 people across the world have signed a petition for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to stop the hunting of desert elephants in Namibia.
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Malawi:Elephants Break Out 72 Times in Four Months

[Malawi News Agency] Nkhotakota -Authorities managing Nkhotakota Wild Life Reserve, the African Parks (AP) have said frequent elephant breakouts from the sanctuary is caused by habitual fence breakers (animals) that were transferred from Liwonde Nation...
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Tanzania:Singita Grumeti Anti-Poaching Crusade Pays Off

[Daily News] THERE is an increase of arrests of poachers and collection of snares in a 350,000- acre concession wildlife reserve under Singita Grumeti which is adjacent to the Serengeti National Park, thanks to deployment of high technology and well tr...
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Kenya:Kenya Wildlife Service Seizes Sh5.8 Million Ivory in Tharaka-Nithi

[Nation] Kenya Wildlife Service rangers on Tuesday arrested three suspected poachers and impounded 14 pieces of ivory weighing 58kgs.
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Tackling the illegal ivory trade: an online training tool for enforcement

We not only expose environmental crime and abuse, we also work with governments to try to raise awareness and improve capacity. For the past two-and-a-half years, we have been capturing…

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