A Voice for Elephants

China Just Banned Ivory Sales. Now What?

By Jan Vertefeuille and Zhou Fei On December 31, 2017, China instituted a national ban on the elephant ivory trade, marking an auspicious beginning to the new year for African elephants. Yet history tells us that criminals will continue to flout the ...

The Time Has Come for an EU-Wide Domestic Ivory Ban

By Janice Weatherley-Singh The EU has traditionally been a global leader in tackling the problem of wildlife trafficking and in encouraging other countries to take action. Last year it published a far-reaching Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, which set out ...

It’s Japan’s turn to save the African elephant

By  Iris Ho, Humane Society International African elephants are in serious trouble. Every year poachers kill as many as 30,000 elephants to supply the global demand for ivory, and the species in Africa are inching towards extinction in the next few ...

How Saving Elephants Got One National Geographic Explorer Arrested

Nights in police custody, fake elephant tusks, and terrorist organizations are all just part of a day’s work for Bryan Christy, National Geographic Fellow and Chief Correspondent to the Special Investigations Unit. In 2014, Christy rigged two fake elephant tusks ...

China’s Ivory Ban Has Played a Significant Role in De-Valuing Ivory

By Aili Kang On December 30, 2016, the Chinese government announced that it would close its domestic commercial elephant ivory trade in 2017, in essence shutting down the world’s largest market for elephant ivory. As the government rolls out the closing of ...

Video Tribute Marks 40th Anniversary of Sheldrick Elephant Haven

  By Nicky Campbell At a time when as many 35,000 African elephants are being slaughtered every year for their ivory, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphans Project is a wonderful place. It’s a vital symbol of the elephants’ ...

China bans ivory, offering new hope for elephants

Co-authored by Erica Cirino Every fifteen minutes an elephant is murdered so that someone somewhere can buy an ivory bracelet, carving, or some trinket that humans and elephants both could live without. Last fall the world’s nations met in ...

Translating Survey Findings Into Effective Elephant Protection Results

By Paul Elkan and Simon Hedges The results of the ambitious, two-year-long Great Elephant Census (GEC) of the African continent’s savannah elephant populations were released in late August. The GEC team estimated a population of 352,271 savannah elephants in survey ...