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IUCN Species of the Day: Asian Elephant

Posted in IUCN Species of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2011 by Bush Warriors


The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(tm)

Photo credit: Goldy Rajiv Santhoji


The Asian Elephant, Elephas maximus, is listed as ‘ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. It is found in isolated populations in 13 tropical Asian countries. The Asian Elephant is smaller than its African savannah relative; the ears are smaller and the back is more rounded.

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Update on Thailand’s Largest Ivory Bust….I was not Shocked… but I Grieved….Interview with Thailand’s Director of Clearance Customs Bureau

Posted in Africa: Elephants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by kendickjerkins

“Was I shocked? No. But I grieved for the grisly fate of those elephants,” says Tanat Suvattanametakul.

Last week we made a posting about the largest Ivory seizure in Thailand to date. This is an update to that article interviewing Tanat Suvattanametakul, director of the Clearance Customs Bureau at Suvarnabhumi airport where the Ivory was found. Tanat, during the interview expresses his feelings about the seizure and first discovering it.  He goes in to depth explaining how poachers and crime syndicates are going to great lengths to get perfectly matched tusks, so that they are worth more on the market. The article also explains the value of the ivory that was seized and even how many elephants were killed for that particular shipment.  Furthermore, the interview explains how smugglers are beginning to take more complicated shipping routes in hopes of fooling authorities.

To Read the Full Article and Interview…Click Here

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Ivory Wars: Last Stand in Chads Zakouma National Park

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by Dori G

Zakouma National Park in southeastern Chad is home to one of the world’s largest remaining concentrations of elephants. Despite a tumultuous history of slavery, colonialism, and civil war, the Chad government and  conservationists have managed to create a wildlife refuge here.

To read more about Chad’s Ivory War click here…

CITES chief to meet Mugabe over poaching

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by kendickjerkins

CITES secretary general Willem Wijnstekers is expected in Zimbabwe next month for talks with President Robert Mugabe over rampant poaching decimating of wildlife in the southern African country and is said to involve top political and army officials.

Wijnstekers is expected to meet with Defense Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Police chief Augustine Chihuri and Attorney General Johannes Tomana. Wijnstekers will discuss with Mnangagwa the alleged involvement of senior military officers in poaching while he seeks to establish from Chihuri and Tomana security measures put in place to curb illegal killing of protected wildlife and measures taken against those caught poaching including the levels of sentencing.

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Agony of Ivory

Posted in Africa: Elephants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by kendickjerkins

Encouraged by the efforts of the southern African countries to have their elephant populations downlisted to Appendix 2 of CITES, poaching in  Africa has continued,  even increased. Southern Africa continues to be an attractive destination for illegal ivory from elsewhere in Africa and, with massive corruption and official incompetence on its side, this illegal ivory easily finds its way to destinations in the Far East.

Elephants are highly intelligent and social beings; they mourn for their dead, care for and nurture their young, and communicate with each other over vast distances using sub sonic rumbles. Please help us to ensure that they are not treated as mere commodities, to be turned into tins of meat and trinkets made from their skin, hair and tusks.