Tagged: elephant poaching

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

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

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

No, elephants are not going to become extinct in the next 10-12 years - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jul 16, 2014

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 twitter also. So, lets … Read More

Elephant poaching in decline - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jun 25, 2014

Ahead of the Standing Committee CITES meeting in July, a number of documents have been circulated.  One is SC65-42-01 .  This is the report on the status of elephants, poaching levels and illegal trade. One of the monitoring mechanism for African Elephants is PIKE.  This uses several indicator-sites through African range states to estimate the poaching rates of elephants.  … 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

Ivory News: Some Snippets - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Feb 12, 2014

Some snippets of news on the illegal trade in ivory from around the world. The USA has been contemplating a ban (or moratorium) on the domestic sale of ivory items.  This would mean even antiques and other pre-ban items could no longer be sold.  This now looks almost certain.  I’d expect an announcement soon. From the South China Morning … Read More

The Missing Ivory Puzzle - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Feb 04, 2014

Poaching levels of African elephants have surged to an appalling level.  Since 2007 the illegal traffic in ivory has more than doubled [1].  By 2011 the numbers of elephants killed annually was estimated to be 25,000 animals [1]. The increase in poaching is reflected in the seizure rates of raw ivory.  This seizure metric is supported by evidence from shrinking … Read More

The 25,000 elephant question - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Dec 08, 2013

Poaching levels for African elephants have now accelerated to a point where about 25,000 are being killed a year.  The population in Africa is projected to decline by 20% in the next decade.  This is starting to get people very worried. The illegal trade in elephants has several important features.  The first is that there is a separation between final … Read More

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