Tagged: Elephant

Ivory up in flames, but who really noticed? How messages on elephant poaching might be missed - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 13, 2018

Matthew H. Holden, The University of Queensland; Alexander Richard Braczkowski, The University of Queensland; Christopher O’Bryan, The University of Queensland; Duan Biggs, Griffith University; Hugh Possingham, The University of Queensland; James Allan, The University of Queensland, and James Watson, The University of Queensland This article was … Read More

Ending Trophy Hunting of Elephants: Is this a Conservation Success? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 23, 2017

Following a wave of popular outrage, the US government appears to be backtracking on the decision to allow the import elephant hunting trophies. Nonetheless, despite the support of celebrities and Animal Rights groups like the HSUS, it is not obvious this will help conserve elephants.  Sadly I don’t host popular talk shows or star in movies. I do research … Read More

No, the Ivory Trade in Australia and NZ is not “thriving” - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 02, 2016

One can always tell when the parties to the CITES convention are meeting, or just about to meet.  Numerous NGOs start promoting their views and solutions to the problem to the media. It came as no great surprise to read this in today’s Stuff webpage “A first-ever comprehensive investigation into the sale of ivory and rhino horn in Australian … Read More

The Earth’s biodiversity could be much greater than we thought - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 30, 2016

By Mike Lee, Flinders University and Paul Oliver, Australian National University After centuries of study, you’d think we’d have at least a rough idea of how many different species of life exist on Earth. This is becoming even more pressing as biodiversity disappears at an increasing pace due to human impacts. Some species are going … 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

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 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

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

Ivory Bust in HK & a question for the economists - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

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

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