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Ivory Connections: Poaching and civil wars Brendan Moyle Aug 08

As has been widely noted, elephant poaching in Africa has risen to very high levels- and once again is, threatening many populations of elephants.  The debate over the causes has not been entirely settled.  Some have advocated that this increase is a result of surging demand in East Asia (chiefly China).  As an explanation it [...]

Looking for spiders Brendan Moyle Aug 04

Winter isn’t the optimal time to be looking for creepy-crawlies in New Zealand.  Even though expectations were low, I still wanted to try fine-tuning my nocturnal photography macro-rig.  The problem seems to be finding some way to mount the small video light I have, along the central axis of the macro lens.  This time I [...]

Who benefits from the ivory-trade ban? Brendan Moyle Aug 01

The Foreign Affairs select committee has come out backing the international ban on trade in elephant ivory. “In particular, it should push for the resumption of a full ban on the sale of ivory that was established by the convention in 1989.” This is a reference to the uplisting of the African elephant to Appendix [...]

No, elephants are not going to become extinct in the next 10-12 years Brendan Moyle Jul 16

It has becoming remarkably common to see the claim that elephants will become extinct because of poaching in the next 10-12 years.  Our august NZ Herald reports this with: Crush NZ’s seized ivory, petition asks: Campaigners say illegal trade could see African elephant extinct in a decade. I’ve seen the message on social media like [...]

Photography with Kodak Ektar Brendan Moyle Jul 11

It is becoming a challenge to keep up the film photography, so last month aI made a concerted effort to get through one roll at least.  This was also my first chance to shoot with the Kodak Ektar 100 film.  This is reputed to scan well and …

A winter visit to Waterfall Gully Brendan Moyle Jun 29

Youngest child had a ‘thing’ on the Whangaparoa Peninsular on Saturday morning.  So we ventured north at a pre-dawn hour to get him there in time.  While he was engaged, I made a side trip to Shakespear Regional Park (yes, Shakespear is spe…

Into the Black- Part 2 Brendan Moyle Jun 27

There is this odd belief that doing an economic study on an illegal wildlife market means just collecting a lot of prices.  This isn’t really as informative as you’d hope, especially when prices show a big spread.  The noise outweighs the signal. So, if we want to drill down deeper into the illegal market, what [...]

Into the Black- The Chinese Illegal Ivory Market Brendan Moyle Jun 26

One of the most important black-markets for ivory is now in China.  This creates a bit of a problem.  China is big, it is a really big country.  And it isn’t as open as most Western countries.  So doing research there can quickly get mired in political obstacles. Or logistical. So even after several years [...]

Elephant poaching in decline Brendan Moyle Jun 25

Ahead of the Standing Committee CITES meeting in July, a number of documents have been circulated.  One is SC65-42-01 .  This is the report on the status of elephants, poaching levels and illegal trade. One of the monitoring mechanism for African Elephants is PIKE.  This uses several indicator-sites through African range states to estimate the [...]

It’s been raining Brendan Moyle Jun 23

It still is. But I needed to photograph something this weekend.  I’ve been head down, working on a lot of research projects of late, and the time to get out and decompress has been hard to find.

Fortunately, one of the things that thrives in w…

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