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How locals and conservationists saved the elephants of Mali amidst conflict and poverty

At a time when Africa's elephants are facing a relentless poaching crisis - to the tune of over 20,000 dead every year - one community has managed to safeguard their elephants in the most unlikely of places: Mali.

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Do elephants call "human!"?

New collaborative research shows that African elephant alarm calls distinguish between threats from humans and bees.

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Li BingBing launches her mini-documentary on elephants and ivory poaching

To mark World Wildlife Day we have launched a short film with UNEP's Goodwill Ambassador Li BingBing to share the wonder of elephants and spread the message of the horrific impacts of poaching.

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Michelle Henley wins the 2013 WESSA National Award

For her extensive contribution to the understanding of elephant migratory behaviour and for the use of this information towards insights into their environmental impact and towards anti-poaching efforts.

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Protecting Mali's Elephants

Until 2012 the Gourma elephants escaped the ivory poaching crisis that is sweeping across Africa. In 2012 three were killed, despite the poor quality of their tusks.

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Yao Ming Says No to Ivory and Rhino Horn

Former NBA star and Chinese icon, Yao Ming, launches a major public awareness campaign targeting consumption of ivory and rhino horn in China in partnership with WildAid, Save the Elephants, African Wildlife Foundation, and the Yao Ming Foundation.

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Mali's Fragile Elephant Population at Risk

Due to the recent surge of violence in Mali, led by Extremists in the North, the outlook for Mali's Gourma Elephants looks increasingly concerning.

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Kenya: Elephants Risk Extinction Due to Poaching

An interview with Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton on the threat to elephants by increased poaching due to the increased demand for ivory.

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Conserving large carnivores: dollars and fence

A new study on the conservation of lions demonstrating the a clear benefit to lion population by the use of fencing to protect both people and wildlife.

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From Elephants’ Mouths, an Illicit Trail to China

"The Chinese hold the key to the elephants' future. If things continue the way they are, many countries could lose their elephants altogether." - Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants.

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Ivory Poaching Threatens ‘Elephant Memory’

The large number of mature and experienced African elephants being killed illegally for their ivory is exposing young surviving elephants to a higher risk of mortality from predation and other risks, wildlife conservationists said today.

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Violence in Mali Threatening Survival of Endangered Elephants

University of British Columbia and Oxford University researchers have revealed the secrets of survival of an endangered population of African elephants in the unforgiving Sahara desert. The animals have the largest migration among elephants, the study finds, but recent violence in Mali may now be putting them at risk.

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Mali mobilizes to protect the desert elephants

Despite the significant unrest and political turmoil in Mali over the past 7 months, WILD & the International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC) are glad to report that our Mali Elephant Project (MEP) has continued to work with the local communities and create a multifaceted response to protect the desert elephants in conjunction with the Mali government.

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Dr. Lucy King talks about her research on BBC radio

BBC radio interview about an alarm call elephants produce when threatened by bees.

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Conservationists use new tactics in the battle with poachers

Chinese basketball star Yao Ming is heading an ambitious new initiative to inform affluent Chinese of the effect increased demand for ivory in China is having on elephant numbers.

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Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund 2012

Dr. Lucy King succeeds in gaining funding from the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund for 2012, with the funds being used to support the Save the Elephants project. A new beehive-fence design will be trialled as part of the project as well as the testing of a new tracking device to combat poaching.

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Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund, elephants and bees

Lucy King's project received a generous grant from the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. The grant is in support of her project, which explores the use of traditional, wooden beehives as both an elephant deterrent and as a social and economic boost to poverty-stricken rural communities through the sustainable harvesting of honey

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Trunks, tracks and spiders’ webs

'Oxford Today', Hilary term issue 2007. Pages 16-18.
This 3-page article provides an overview of the technology used by the oxford tracking group, and the reasons for the work being performed.

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Blood Ivory

An Op-Ed in the New York Times about the continued increase in elephants killed for their ivory to fuel China's growing demand.

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New report confirms ‘major surge’ in ivory smuggling in 2011

Illegal trade in ivory is at its highest levels in nearly two decades, and 2011 witnessed a ‘major surge’, according to a report released by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Elephants in Peril

A guest piece by Iain Douglas-Hamilton and Rob Heittman on Google's Lat-Long blog, discussing the use of mapping data to illuminate the problem of increased poaching of elephants in Africa.

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Ivory Worship

Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?

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Elephants, humans die as hostility soars

200 Maasai “warriors”, in an act of vengeance, randomly speared a dozen elephants, 10 buffalo and a lion from Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.

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How locals and conservationists saved the elephants of Mali amidst conflict and poverty At a time when Africa's elephants are facing a relentless poaching crisis - to the tune of over 20,000 dead every year - one community has managed to safeguard their elephants in the most unlikely of places: Mali.Full Article

Do elephants call "human!"? New collaborative research shows that African elephant alarm calls distinguish between threats from humans and bees. Full Article

Li BingBing's mini-documentary on elephants and ivory poaching To mark World Wildlife Day we have launched a short film with UNEP's Goodwill Ambassador Li BingBing to share the wonder of elephants and spread the message of the horrific impacts of poaching. Full Article

Michelle Henley wins the 2013 WESSA National Award For her extensive contribution to the understanding of elephant migratory behaviour and for the use of this information towards insights into their environmental impact and towards anti-poaching efforts. Full Article

Protecting Mali's Elephants Until 2012 the Gourma elephants escaped the ivory poaching crisis that is sweeping across Africa. In 2012 three were killed, despite the poor quality of their tusks. Full Article

Yao Ming Says No to Ivory and Rhino Horn
Former NBA star and Chinese icon, Yao Ming, launches a major public awareness campaign targeting consumption of ivory and rhino horn in China in partnership with WildAid, Save the Elephants, African Wildlife Foundation, and the Yao Ming Foundation. Full Article

Mali's Fragile Elephant Population at Risk
Due to the recent surge of violence in Mali, led by Extremists in the North, the outlook for Mali's Gourma Elephants looks increasingly concerning. Full Article

Kenya: Elephants Risk Extinction Due to Poaching
An interview with Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton on the threat to elephants by increased poaching due to the increased demand for ivory. Full Article

Conserving large carnivores: dollars and fence
A new study on the conservation of lions demonstrating the a clear benefit to lion population by the use of fencing to protect both people and wildlife. Full Article

From Elephants’ Mouths, an Illicit Trail to China
"The Chinese hold the key to the elephants' future. If things continue the way they are, many countries could lose their elephants altogether."
Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants. Full Article

Blood Ivory
An Op-Ed in the New York Times about the continued increase in elephants killed for their ivory to fuel China's growing demand. Full Article

Ivory Poaching Threatens ‘Elephant Memory’
The large number of mature and experienced African elephants being killed illegally for their ivory is exposing young surviving elephants to a higher risk of mortality from predation and other risks, wildlife conservationists said today. Full Article

New report confirms ‘major surge’ in ivory smuggling in 2011
Illegal trade in ivory is at its highest levels in nearly two decades, and 2011 witnessed a ‘major surge’, according to a report released by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Full Article

Violence in Mali Threatening Survival of Endangered Elephants
University of British Columbia and Oxford University researchers have revealed the secrets of survival of an endangered population of African elephants in the unforgiving Sahara desert. The animals have the largest migration among elephants, the study finds, but recent violence in Mali may now be putting them at risk. Full article 

New Book by Clive Hambler & Susan Canney: Conservation
Further information here. Until 31st December, 20% discount on order here 

Mali mobilizes to protect the desert elephants
Despite the significant unrest and political turmoil in Mali over the past 7 months, WILD & the International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC) are glad to report that our Mali Elephant Project (MEP) has continued to work with the local communities and create a multifaceted response to protect the desert elephants in conjunction with the Mali government. Full Article

Dr. Lucy King talks about her research on BBC radio
BBC radio interview about an alarm call elephants produce when threatened by bees. Listen here

Conservationists use new tactics in the battle with poachers
Chinese basketball star Yao Ming is heading an ambitious new initiative to inform affluent Chinese of the effect increased demand for ivory in China is having on elephant numbers. Full Article

 

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