Articles / Scientific research

Use these links as a quick reference for homework or general learning:

  • Who will save the elephants? – Vogue – June 21st, 2018

  • The cognition of ‘nuisance’ species – MEP June 21st, 2018

  • The last hope for the elephants: Can a Chinese law help stop the slaughter in Africa? – June 19, 2018

  • A momentous decision on elephant ivory falls to Europe –  June 15, 2018

  • Human-wildlife conflict runs rampant – June 17, 2018

  • Japan steps up restrictions on ivory trade – June 13, 2018

  • Virunga national Park sees its worse violence in a decade, director says – June 14, 2018

  • This tiny camera aims to catch poachers – before they kill – June 1st, 2018

  • Illinois lawmakers approve ban on sale of ivory – May 30th, 2018

  • Rangers fine 109,217 snares in a single park in Cambodia – May 22nd, 2018

  • Elephant advocates seek clarity on Trump trophy policy – May 15, 2018

  • “Paradise and hell”: The battle to save the forest elephant – May 12, 2018

  • How to overcome fierce debates about banning all trade in ivory – April 25th, 2018

  • China’s ivory sales ban shows need for Asia-wide strategy – April 24th, 2018

  • The key challenges around Europe’s environment – April 18th, 2018

  • I did the first long-term study investigating illegal ivory traders. Here’s what I learned – April 18th, 2018

  • China: The real ivory game – April, 2018

  • How did China ban ivory? – April 11th, 2018

  • Looming ivory ban will create a mountain of unsellable antiques – April 12, 2018

  • Why Kenya’s new wildlife task force is a step in the right direction – April 9th, 2018

  • Poachers vs. Poop – April 11th, 2018

  • Ancient DNA changes everything we know about the evolution of elephants – April 8th, 2018

  • TRAFFIC – Taiwan moves to close its domestic ivory market by 2020 – April 4th, 2018

  • Australian ivory trade’s role in encouraging poaching to come under scrutiny – April 4th, 2018

  • UK ban regulates legal ivory trade to a thing of the past – April 3rd, 2018

  • UK ivory ban among world’s  ‘toughest’ Micahel Gove says –  April 3rd, 2018

  • Antique ivory is banned – Michael Gove to announce blanket ban on ivory trade and close loophole which allows the sale of antique items – March 30th, 2018

  • Africa’s great migrations are failing but there is a solution – March 28th, 2018

  • Trump’s elephant, lion trophy hunting policy hit with double lawsuits –  March 26th, 2018

  • US trophy lawsuit may impact Namibia – March 26th, 2018

  • Empty half the Earth of its humans. Its the only way to save the planet – March 20th, 2018

  • The Guardian view on disappearing rhinos: protect other spieces to protect ourselves – March 21st, 2018

  • Africa: Paradigm shift as African Countries throw their weight behind ivory ban – March 22, 2018

  • In a horrifying new twist, Myanmar elephants are being poached for their skins  not their tusks – March 20th, 2018

  • A running list of how Trump is changing the environment – March 16th, 2018

  • Kenya signs petition urging EU to ban ivory trade – March 2018

  • Don’t celebrate too soon, conservatiionists warn as summit gathers to cheer progess on elephant poaching – The Independent – March 14th, 2018

  • Animal rights groups lodge suits against Interior for new elephant trophy policy – March 20th, 2018

  • Illicit ivory trade through Laos thrives despite China ban – March 19, 2018

  • Canada should ban trade in elephant ivory, says animal rights group – March 18th, 2018

  • Shutting down EU ivory trade is a personal priority for Boris Johnson – March 16th, 2018

  • Non-profit group urges Canadian government to ban domestic ivory trade – March 14th, 2018

  • What trophy hunting does to the elephants left behind – November 18, 2017

  • Elephant declines imperil Africa’s forests – March 2018

  • It’s almost impossible to sustainably harvest elephant ivory – October 3, 2016 (still relevant in today’s market even though an older article

  • Trump just reversed promise to ban elephant trophy imports. Canada still allows legal ivory –  March 6th, 2018

  • Protected areas: A hope in the midst of the sixth mass extinction: Dr. Richard Leakey – March 6th, 2018

  • Opinion / the 8 million species we don’t know – March 3rd, 2018

  • Japan clamping down on domestic trade in old ivory stock – February 23, 2018

  • ISS: Decline in elephant populations could be short lived – February 19, 2018

  • U.S. The biggest importer of endangered African wildlife trophies – February 19th, 2018

  • China is desimating Southeast Asian Wildlife – January 24th, 2018

  • Ivory sale to be totally banned in Britain after public outcry – January 31st, 2018

  • Hong Kong closes loophole in Ivory Ban, Outlawing All Sales – January 31st, 2018

Criminal Elements: Illegal Wildlife Trafficking, Organized Crime, and National Security – January 19, 2018

  • Will DNA mapping on rhinos and a complete UK ban on ivory sales help prevent poaching? – January 17th, 2018

  • Illegal Ivory openly traded in Britain on auction and social media sites as pressure gorws for total sales ban – January 21st, 2018

  • E.O.Wilson on Half-Earth, Donald Trump and hope – January, 2017

  • The illegal wildlife trade is a biodiversity apocalypse – December 2nd, 2017 – great article on Canadian illegal wildlife trade. “There’s been a significant increase in wildlife trafficking and poaching over the last decade,” says Sheldon Jordan, director general of the wildlife enforcement directorate for Environment and Climate Change Canada and chair of Interpol’s wildlife crime working group.

  • Japan’s ivory market caters unabated to Chinese clients due to absence of regulations – January 3rd, 2018

  • Conserve elephants. They hold a scientific mirror up to humans – June 17th, 2017

  • Japan’s inaction on illegal ivory export threatens Chinas ban, reports say – December 20, 2017

  • Elephant skin auctions in Zimbabwe are booming – and legal – December 20, 2017

  • VIDEO – Plight of the African Elephant – September, 2017

  • Ivory sales in China finally end this month. But elephants aren’t yet safe – December 14th, 2017

  • The time has come for an EU-wide domestic ivory ban

  • Trump’s indecision on trophy hunting reignites heated debate – November 28th, 2017

  • African nations urged to end all trade in elephant ivory – November  28th, 2017

  • Trump criticized for elephant trophy decision – but Canada never had ban in the first place – November 20th, 2017

  • Canada must do more to stop trophy hunting of elephants, conservationists say – November 28th, 2017

  • What trophy hunting does to the elephants it leaves behind – November 18th, 2017

  • It’s Japan’s turn to save the African elephant – August 12th, 2017

  • Is anyone going to save the Sumatran rhino? – November 9th, 2017

  • Rhinos and elephants. Australia does what South Africa won’t! – November 13th, 2017

  • Where, oh where are the rhinos of Bukit Barisan Selatan? – November 8th, 2017

  • Why the UK Ivory Ban Consultation is good news for elephants – October 8, 2017

  • Human population through time – American Museum of Natural History – November, 2016

  • Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores – August 12th, 2016

  • Worst-case scenario: There could be only 30 wild Sumatran rhinos left – November 7th, 2017 – Jeremy Hance

  • What has the EU got do with elephant protection – November 6, 2017

  • The day we collared Tim, the great Tusker – September 16, 2016 – Paula Kahumbu:

  • Study reveals how the social lives of orphaned elephants are impacted by poaching – October 31st, 2017

  • Will there be any elephants left in 2030 – October 26th, 2017

  • Black rhinos in Tanzania now monitored via sensors implanted directly in their horns – October 34th, 2017

  • Elephant poaching in Africa falls but ivory seizures up: study – October 24, 2017

  • Has Hope Become the Most Endangered Species in Conservation? – October 6, 2016

  • Africa: How African Elephants’ Amazing Sense of Smell Could Save Lives – October 22nd, 2017

  • Burn horns, save rhinos – September 21, 2017

  • Poachers work across borders, so why not conservation efforts? – October 9th, 2017

  • Marchers across the world demand justice for wildlife

  • New research show Laos is now the largest growing ivory market int he world – September 28th, 2017

  • To fight wildlife crime, experts say ‘follow the money’ – September 15th, 2017

  • Another North Korea crime: Pushing African rhinos towards extinction – September 3rd, 2017

  • Wildlife crime in top five most lucrative types of organized crime, ISS says – September 7th, 2017

  • New TRAFFIC study lifts lid on Central Africa ivory markets – September 7th, 2017

  • Where the wild things go – August 17th, 2017

  • Under pressure: the story behind China’s ivory ban – August 29th, 2017

  • A big difference between Asian and African elephants is diet: August 30th, 2017

  • “They’re like the mafia”: the super gangs behind Africa’s poaching crisis – August 19th, 2017

  • Wildlife Act response to John Hume rhino horn auction in South Africa – August 18th, 2017

  • Fighting ivory trafficking with forensic science – August 14th, 2017

  • The 2017 World Elephant Day Annual Review – August 13th, 2017

  • It’s Japan’s turn to save the African elephant – August 12th, 2017

  • Sebunya: New ideas needed to conserve Africa’s wildlife – August 11th, 2017–bad–ugly-in-jumbo-league-/440808-4054538-xmenom/index.htm

World Elephant Day is a reminder of our moral duty to take care for nature – August 12th, 2017

  • Global momentum to shut down ivory markets provides reason to celebrate on World Elephant Day – August 11th, 2017

  • UK named as world’s largest legal ivory exporter – August 10th, 2017

  • Nine vital victories for elephants in the past year – August 10th, 2017

  • New research provides baseline for providing effectiveness of US ban on ivory trade – August 8th, 2017

  • Why D.C. is the new hub for ivory sales – July 27th, 2017

  • Illegal trade in rhino horn thriving in China – July 18th, 2017

  • Elephant 2.0 – Nature’s invisible information architecture – July 3rd, 2017

  • Mozambique: 6,000 animals used to rewild park is part-funded by trophy hunting – June 19, 2017

  • Russian poachers hunting for mammoth tusks in Siberia since Ice Age – June 16th, 2017

  • If we stopped poaching tomorrow, elephants would still be in big trouble – June 14th, 2017

  • Genetic analysis shakes up elephant family tree, raising conservation issues – June 12th, 2017

  • How can humans and elephants better co-exist? – June 7th, 2017

  • Can elephants and humans live together? – March, 2017

  • TRAFFIC – Wildlife Trade News – EU suspends re-export of raw ivory – May 17th, 2017

  • New tech gives rangers real-time tools to protect elephants

  • Booming trade in mammoth ivory fuels fears over elephants – May 2nd, 2017

  • Frank Pope, CEO of Save The Elephants, discusses “Battling The Elephant Crisis” in this informative video – May 18, 2017

  • 10 selfish reasons to save elephants – May 10, 2017

  • Africa’s rapidly declining elephant population: A country-by-country analysis – April 18th, 2017

  • Africa’s protected areas missing 75 percent of their savanna elephants – April 17th, 2017

  • This is Amazing – African elephants may transport seeds more than any other land animal – April 10th, 2017

  • Illegal ivory markets continue to thrive – April 4th, 2017

  • China shuts some ivory factories, Hong Kong seen as a loophole – March 31, 2017

  • The battle for the survival of the forest elephant can be won – March 24, 2017

  • A History of Ivory – Hong Kong’s ivory trade: When the buying stops, the killing can stop too – March 27, 2017

  • Gabon’s Jungle Was Once a Refuge for Elephants – Now It’s a Killing Field – March 16, 2017

  • Elephant poaching is losing Africa millions of tourist dollars – March 2017

  • EU set to ban raw ivory exports Jul 1 – February 22nd, 2017

  • Forest elephants decline in critical sanctuary

  • KWS officials warn of decline in elephant and buffalo population in Tsavo National park – February 16, 2017

  • Harvard scientists pledge to bring back ‘woolly mammoth’ – February 17, 2017

  • Namibia’s poaching crisis – January 17, 2017

  • African nations urge EU to emulate China in banning ivory trade – February, 2017

  • Europe, a silent hub of illegal wildlife trade – January, 2017

  • Elephant conservation: If you were an elephant….. – January 19th, 2017:

  • Japanese law for endangered wildlife set for what critics call toothless revamp – January 16th, 2017:

  • China’s ban on domestic ivory trade is huge, but the battle isn’t won – January 11th, 2017:

  • Alone, China’s ban on ivory could make life worse for elephants – January 6th, 2017

  • Can China’s ban on ivory sales save Africa’s elephants, or will people keep on buying ivory trinkets? Dec. 30th – 2016

  • China’s vow to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017 is a “game changer” for Elephants – Dec. 30th / 2016

  • Ivory trading nations exposed –  November 28th, 2016:

  • Bid for strongest protection for all African elephants defeated at wildlife summit – October /2016:

  • Debate: Would a legal ivory trade save elephants or speed up the massacre?  October 1/2016:

  • Push for ban on domestic ivory trade spurs feud at international summit:

  • Threat to African forest Elephants –  a newly distinct species  August /2016:

  • The Great Elephant Census Found Savannah Elephants down 30% in 7 years in 18 countries – August /2016:

  • Africa: What’s Changing for Elephants? August /2016:

  • Ivory trade: Back on the market? July/2016:

  • Poaching statistics – Save the Rhino: 2016:

  • Elephants are social, like humans, and should be treated that way, urge experts: July 2016:

  • In fighting illegal ivory trade EU lags behind: June /2016:

  • Legal ivory trade led to sharp rise in poaching: June/2016:

  • Antique Dealers Come Face-To-Face With Ivory Ban:

  • Is Trophy Hunting Helping Save African Elephants?:

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

  • Montreux Manifesto – AEC – African Elephant Coalition – meets in Montreux, Switzerland to fight poaching crisis:

  • 29 African Nations Unite To Ban Ivory Trade:

  • New Study: Legal Ivory Trade Backfired, Unleashed Elephant Poaching Crisis:

  • Namibia’s Secret Ivory Business – Chinese Nationals involved in an African Elephant Crisis:

  • INTERPOL – UNEP on environmental crime:

US Bans Ivory Sales. Will China be next?:

  • South Africa and Kenya Seek Consensus on Ivory Trade:

  • A breakdown of elephant population since the 1500’s taken from the Great Elephant Census:

  • Trophy Hunting and Conservation – March 2016 –  A look at how much the Namibian government really earns from Trophy Hunting:

  • A Quick Guide to Why Burning Ivory is Important to ending the illegal trade:

April 2016 – credit – Hands Off Our Elephants

  • States Banning the sale of fossil ivory and proposed legislation:

  • The war on elephants – BBC News Magazine:

  • How Japan continues to fuel the ivory trade:

  • Elephants decline by 97% in less than a century – third party source – AG – here

Canadian Sheldon Jordan Tackles Wildlife Crime At Interpol – December 2015

South Africa An Outlier on Ivory Policies:  National Geographic   Jan. 2016

How world’s largest legal ivory market fuels demand for illegal ivory – National Geographic

Where are Africa’s Elephants? – NATURE’S “Soul of the Elephant”

The response of the African elephant to changes in seasonal rainfall

CITES and Confiscated elephant ivory and rhino horn – to destroy or not to destroy

Opinion: Irrelevant, Illogical and Illegal – 24 Experts Respond to Arguments for Supporting Legalization of Ivory Trade – National Geographic

The Truth About Tusks – The Dodo

Status of African Elephant Populations and Levels of Illegal Killing and the Illegal Trade in Ivory – CITES

Poachers Alter Mammal Abundance, Seed Dispersal, and Seed Predation in a Neotropical Forest

Japan’s demand for forest elephant ivory continues: Tokyo’s wildlife symposium 2015

United States: Ivory Laws and Ban Efforts – National Geographic

Elephant Charities: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – Africa Geographic

The burning question: America’s Ongoing Debate Over the Trade in Ivory – Africa Geographic

In China, Awareness Grows of Africa’s Poaching Crisis – African Wildlife Foundation

Listing Mammoths as Endangered Would Protect Elephants – The Telegraph

Should Poachers Be Shot on Sight? – Newsweek

Drones Can Curb Poaching, But They’re Much Costlier than Alternatives – National Geographic

The Infographic below shows the history of ivory crushes since 1989. Crushing ivory and destroying ivory stockpiles tells the world that ivory is ONLY valuable on #elephants and nowhere

 Crush and Burn Ivory GMFER map