Tagged: elephant conservation

What difference will closing the Chinese domestic ivory market make? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jan 13, 2017

The recent decision by China to close its domestic ivory trade industry has been welcomed by many conservationists. Nonetheless, I remain skeptical it will be a significant move to curb poaching.  This is generally accepted to have peaked in around 2011, albeit it is uncertain whether wild populations can sustain the illegal off-take.  The overall picture is still murky.  While … Read More

Counting Ivory: Does it add up? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 22, 2015

The publicity the illegal trade in ivory gets is at the moment, running high.  By way of background, the estimated numbers of elephants being illegal killed in African range states, ranges from 25,000 to 35,000 a year.  That means- roughly- there is about 250-350 tons of raw ivory being harvested by poachers annually.  The average weight of a tusk is … Read More

I read it on the internet- so it must be true - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle May 07, 2015

Isn’t the internet wonderful?  You can find all sorts of information from the comfort of a keyboard.  I have been assured many extraordinary things are true, because someone found them on the internet.  Homeopathy works, vaccines don’t, Noah’s Ark has been found again for real. But it isn’t just those fond of wild-conspiracies that can conjure facts up. Here’s one … Read More

The Hangzhou Meeting: Combating the Illegal Demand For Ivory - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Feb 12, 2015

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 was there presenting some … Read More

The new ivory crime organisations: did we create them? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jan 14, 2015

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 in part, driven by shipping … Read More

Where is the poached ivory going? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 03, 2014

One of the enduring questions we have with respect to the black-market in ivory, is where the raw ivory is going.  The somewhat glib answer is that it is being churned into carvings to be sold to East Asian (i.e. mostly Chinese) buyers.  This is regarded as glib as to date, evidence of this eruption in carvings for sale has … Read More

To Dunedin! On an ivory quest! - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 22, 2014

Well, not exactly.   But on Friday, I will be at Otago University and giving a seminar on ivory black markets.  One topic I’m going to highlight is whether the legal factories in China (all 37 of them) are a significant source of illegal carvings. The production problem is usually glibly ignored or assumed away.  But essentially, if you do … Read More

Ivory- it’s a business - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 02, 2014

The first of the papers I’ve written on the illegal trade in ivory has appeared.  It’s in the journal Ecological Economics. This is some research informed by work in China but also from data outside there.  It’s about some of the macro-drivers of poaching and partly explains why poaching did surge after 2009. One of these drivers is shipping … Read More

Excellent elephant conservation blog by Daniel Stiles - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Sep 16, 2014

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 decided to stockpile … Read More

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