Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Ivory Bust in HK & a question for the economists

Brendan Moyle Nov 13, 2013

It’s interesting holding an elephant tusk for the first time.  You’re not quite sure what to expect. But the first thing you notice is that they’re heavy, heavier than I expected. This aspect distinguishes elephant ivory from other wildlife products.  It’s heavy, and it’s going to take up space.  This has to affect the smuggling techniques. Last month … Read More

New illegal shark-finning tactic

Brendan Moyle Nov 10, 2013

Historically NZ has banned the finning of live sharks, and looks to be set to eliminate the practice entirely. This is in line with other countries.  The United Nations recommends a ‘fins naturally attached policy’ which would require vessels to keep the whole shark. Interestingly, anti-shark-fin campaigns are also springing up in Chinese social media (like Weibo). The … Read More

A Tale of Two Rhinos

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

Wild NZ

Brendan Moyle Oct 28, 2013

One of the great things about New Zealand is we're not starved for good landscape scenes.  On the other hand the weather isn't always cooperative.  In fact, the thing about being on an Oceanic Island is that the weather can change a lot. &n... Read More

NZ Forest Stream

Brendan Moyle Sep 28, 2013

All this wet weather and storms is hindering my 'down time' in local forests. That means I've had a bit more time to update my website- and to edit photos.  This is looking up the Mokoroa Stream and (obviously) I've picked a portrait composition... Read More