Tuesday, January 27, 2015


If you buy ivory, you kill people.

This is the new reality in an illicit trade responsible for large-scale human exploitation, government corruption, and the funding of rebel movements, terrorists, and criminal syndicates around the world. The imagery and narrative of the global ivory trade is now well known - replete with rotting elephant carcasses littering African national parks, well-tailored ministers and heads of state burning ivory stocks for the camera, and law enforcement officials smiling in front of ship containers of seized ivory.

While, there is no doubt of the many faces of the global ivory trade, there is one element that is too often overlooked - that of the human toll.

The human toll of the ivory trade is the negative impact on the individuals and communities exploited along the chain of custody from Africa, to Asia, and points beyond. It is not just about elephants.

This trade is historically and inexorably linked to the exploitation and enslavement of vulnerable communities in Africa and Asia. It includes governments and countries sucked deeper into the morass of corruption, mismanagement, and taxpayer abuse wrought from public officials supporting criminal interests.

Far reaching implications... 


Monday, January 12, 2015


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Friday, January 9, 2015



We can't claim total responsibility for this, but Amara has certainly played an important part as Taita Taveta is where we work! Your donations help us continue our progress with local programs concerning conservation and education. Join Amara Conservation by clicking HERE

Elephant poaching has declined in Taita Taveta ranches, an association has said.

No killing has been reported in the past three months, Taita Taveta Ranchers Association coordinator Donald Mombo told the Star on the phone yesterday.

Kenya and the Tanzania National Parks Authority have increased surveillance across the border, said Robert Obrein, Tsavo conservation assistant director.

“The last gunshot was heard four months ago in Tsavo West, and we tracked the poachers to Tanzania in collaboration with Tanapa,” he said.

Obrien praised the ranchers and county government for carrying out a census of all legal herders in the ranches.

“Whenever new people enter the ranches, we easily identify them because they do not have identity badges from the county government. We are also working with other security agencies” Obrien told the Star on the phone yesterday.

Thursday, December 4, 2014



Soldiers arrange a pyre of elephant tusks and thousands of pieces of worked ivory as they prepare to burn ivory stocks corresponding to roughly 850 dead elephants, in Libreville, Gabon, (Joel Bouopda Tatou/Associated Press)

John Gruetzner is the managing director of Intercedent, an Asian-focused investment advisory. He recently researched for the World Wildlife Fund its fund-raising options within China. The views here expressed are personal.

Chinese basketball star Yao Ming’s new documentary The End of the Wild will, ideally, have the impact in Asia that Silent Spring by Rachel Carson had on environmental awareness in the West.

For this shift to happen in sufficient enough time to save the elephant is contingent on major changes in government policy and also empowering Chinese citizens to join the war against poaching of elephants.

Chinese government indifference still sadly permits the legal carving of elephant tusks that drives the poaching of 70 per cent of the 33,000 African elephants killed annually.

If the wealthy could purchase Panda skins legally, this would rightly offend the Chinese people and be strongly condemned. Elephants are just as important culturally, and as natural a symbol as the Panda.

Wildaid’s slogan is Stop the Killing Now. A corollary is to achieve must be Stop the Carving Now. China’s ivory carving’s industry defense is that it relies only on legally sourced tusks. Incontrovertible evidence proves there is widespread mixing of legal and poached ivory.

Carving of dead elephant parts and all retail sales of ivory of any kind to lower total demand need to be banned worldwide starting in China. Funding the retraining of unemployed carvers will prevent the industry from going underground. Closing down the sale and carving of ivory at the 37 approved factories and 145 retail sites would be a major disruption to the total global demand for tusks.

Bold action long these lines would set a positive example to other countries in the same business. Sending a clear message to tourists that lowers off-shore purchases from Chinese will reduce the amount of tusks that are poached. Further work within China to educate people of the consequences such as supporting of terrorism tied to of smuggling illegal wildlife is essential.


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