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On the bear trail Brendan Moyle Mar 31

I’m back in Beijing.  In the meeting room, two large maps of China are affixed to the wall.  In theory the map describes the distribution of Asiatic black bears in China.  Most are concentrated in Sichuan province, or up near the Russian Far East (HeilongJiang, Jilin). Someone’s eye roves over the map. They spot a [...]

Rhinos – a horny problem Brendan Moyle Mar 18

The poaching crisis in rhinos in fact, dwarfs that of elephants at the moment.  The rapid increase in poaching of rhinos since 2008 has mirrored other species.  Unlike elephants however, there is no ‘one-off’ sale to blame.  In fact, the restrictions on the export of horns in the form of hunting trophies seems coincident with [...]

Wildlife Trade Symposium- Call for papers Brendan Moyle Mar 10

The School of Anthropology and Conservation a the University of Kent has put out a call for abstracts.  I’m intending to go :). It is for a 2-day symposium entitled “Towards a sustainable and legal wildlife trade” on Thursday, 18th June and Friday, 19th June, 2015 at the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, [...]

Singapore makes second largest seizure of illegal raw ivory Brendan Moyle Mar 09

Singapore customs has reported a seizure of 1099 tusks and pieces of raw ivory.  This is the second largest seizure they have made since 2002, when six tonnes was intercepted (a reminder that poaching is not technically a recent problem) .  The ivory is reported to have been packed into 65 gunny sacks.  They are [...]

Of Ivory, Gold and Silver Brendan Moyle Mar 03

It is a persistent problem with the illegal ivory market, is we don’t have actual records of how much is being sold.  It is difficult to determine what the size of the market for carvings, what proportion are new carvings from recently poached ivory, what percentage are fake ivory, and what percentage is older carvings [...]

Royal Malaysian Police capture Nepalese wildlife criminal Brendan Moyle Feb 17

INTERPOL in 2014 launched a coordinated campaign to arrest a number of criminals involved in wildlife crimes.  One of these criminals, a Rajkumar Praja,  involved in rhino poaching, has been apprehended in Malaysia. Rajkumar Praja, the ringleader of a rhino poaching network in Nepal, is wanted to serve a 15-year sentence for rhino poaching and [...]

The Hangzhou Meeting: Combating the Illegal Demand For Ivory Brendan Moyle Feb 12

Reducing the illegal demand in ivory is an important strategy to bring elephant poaching in Africa down to sustainable levels.  With that in mind, the CITES Secretariat and the CITES Management Authority of China organised a workshop in Hangzhou.  This was held over the the 28 and 29th of January.  As I’ve previously posted, I [...]

Lakes in Hangzhou Brendan Moyle Feb 11

In late January I was back in China.  It was a short trip. It was for a workshop on ivory demand in Hangzhou.  On the plus side, the workshop was in Hangzhou, based in a hotel close to the West Lake.  On the minus, well, it was winter. There was rain. And I was only [...]

The new ivory crime organisations: did we create them? Brendan Moyle Jan 14

One aspect of the current elephant poaching crisis is the contribution of organised crime.  If we look back to the last time elephants were being decimated in the 1980s, this was not the case.  So understanding these criminal organisations and their motivations is important.  So far I’ve been able to show that smuggling levels, are [...]

On the Savannah Brendan Moyle Dec 29

**This post first appeared as a blog-post on my zenfolio site.  The zenfolio website is optimised for photo viewing. All photos below can be viewed at a larger-size with a mouse-click** The workshop on ivory economics at Ol Pejeta lasted for two days.  While I plan to discuss it in more detail later, it was [...]

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