Tagged: elephant conservation

The next project: Tracking tusk throughput - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Sep 07, 2014

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 of these) could be using … Read More

Elephant count from the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Sep 05, 2014

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 density has been published. Read More

Inside a Chinese Ivory Carving Factory - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Sep 04, 2014

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 about the throughput of ivory … Read More

Ivory Connections: Poaching and civil wars - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Aug 08, 2014

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 doesn’t match a lot of … Read More

Into the Black- Part 2 - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jun 27, 2014

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 insights can we get from … Read More

Into the Black- The Chinese Illegal Ivory Market - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jun 26, 2014

One of the most important black-markets for ivory is now in China.  This creates a bit of a problem.  China is big, it is a really big country.  And it isn’t as open as most Western countries.  So doing research there can quickly get mired in political obstacles. Or logistical. So even after several years of unsustainable poaching, there hasn’t … Read More

The deadly ivory trade - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle May 30, 2014

While I guess my lack of blogging of late, has been noticeable, I’ve been able to push ahead with a lot more research write-ups. And this has largely all been about the illegal ivory, especially the Chinese end. The big conservation problem is that elephant numbers in the late 200os started to shrink as poaching became unsustainable.  If we look … Read More

The Raw and the Carved: Tusk throughput in an Ivory Industry - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle May 02, 2014

One of the important areas to understand in the illegal ivory business, is just how long it takes to turn raw-ivory into carvings.  The crucial point alluded to before is that the rise in smuggling is generated by raw-ivory seizures.  Critics of the 2008 CITES decision to allow China and Japan to import raw-ivory argue this is being manifested in … Read More

The Ivory Crush: When wishful thinking meets bad economics - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Mar 04, 2014

Elephant poaching exploded in the late 2000s.  This has led to a range of measures to stop this traffic. Some are quite sensible- increased international cooperation and coordination on enforcement has had successes.  Both Operation Cobra (2013) and Operation Cobra II (2014) shattered some conspiracies in Africa and Asia.  Some measure, well, seem to be applied in haste and … Read More

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