Tagged: wildlife trade

The dark side of conservation- 2 rangers killed in Cambodia - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 10, 2015

A recent news story in Xinhua news concerns a wildlife-ranger patrol in Cambodia.  Two of the four were killed, and one was injured in an encounter with a group of criminals. I would like to extend condolences and sympathy to the families of the men. This also goes to another issue. A lot of conservation problems (which are made … Read More

The Bangle Distraction - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jul 20, 2015

One of the recent reports on the illegal trade in ivory has implicated Hong Kong as a smuggling node into China.  The claim is that Hong Kong is failing to impact the illegal trade, and this is contributing to the demise of elephant populations in Africa. The level of retail trade is indicated by the number of items available … Read More

Sustainable Trade in Wildlife Symposium - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jun 29, 2015

The reason there has not been a lot of photos of seascapes of late, is I’ve been out of the country. Again.  The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, and the International Trade Center, organised the symposium for the 18th and 19th of June.  I was presenting as one of the keynote speakers. It was somewhat fortunate that the first … Read More

Growing and protecting New Zealand’s wildlife economy - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Mar 04, 2015

Wildlife is critical to the economies of nations. New Zealand’s whales, dolphins, albatross, kiwi, tuatara and kauri bring tourists. And the tourists who come to see our wildlife stay for longer and spend more, especially in our provinces and small towns, than those who come for our casinos and high-end hotels [1, 2]. Even … 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

Lost at sea: Impressions of Leonardo’s Sailors - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 13, 2014

One day someone might write a useful review of the economics of wildlife trade.  Nadal and Aguayo’s “Leonardo’s Sailors” is simply not it.  The tragedy is that an opportunity has been squandered.  Economic models of wildlife trade and poaching have lagged behind policy issues.  They are simplistic. As yet they offer only limited guidance on the policy issues we … Read More

A Tale of Two Rhinos - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 04, 2013

One of the challenges in modern conservation is agreeing on what conservation is.  There is a widely held belief that conservation is about reserves, it’s about protecting wildlife and it’s about banning their use. But most wildlife doesn’t live in reserves.  Many endangered species are in developing countries. They don’t have a lot of resources to put into conservation. Corruption … Read More