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Excellent elephant conservation blog by Daniel Stiles Brendan Moyle Sep 16

Long-time elephant conservationist Daniel Stiles has an excellent blog at National Geographic on elephant conservation and the ivory trade.  I think everybody who is concerned with conservation policy and elephants should read it. On the 80′s poaching crisis- Tragically, the rising calls for an ivory trade ban increased poaching because East Asian dealers and factories [...]

The next project: Tracking tusk throughput Brendan Moyle Sep 07

While I think the evidence points to the volumes of poached ivory being sent to Asia is being stockpiled, others are convinced otherwise.  There is a theory that this poached ivory is being made into carvings to be sold to unscrupulous consumers.  One potential pathway for this is the legal factories.  The legal factories (36 [...]

Elephant count from the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem Brendan Moyle Sep 05

The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem refers to a group of connected nature reserves in Kenya and Tanzania.  It includes the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania. It represents an important area for elephant conservation as it very large refuge (32,000 square km) for many of East Africa’s elephants.  The latest report on population [...]

Inside a Chinese Ivory Carving Factory Brendan Moyle Sep 04

As part of the ongoing investigations of the ivory markets in China we have been visiting carving factories.  We’re slowly getting through them.  Of late we have also been interviewing every carver about their output, experience and when they started their employment.  To date, that is about forty carvers we’ve interviewed.  This gathers valuable information [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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