Adam Cruise

South Africa and Kenya Seek Consensus on Ivory Trade

South Africa and Kenya will hold talks with other African countries to find a common position on ivory trade ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and ...

Why Rhino Poaching Isn’t High on the CITES Agenda

At the 66th meeting of the Standing Committee for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in Geneva, Switzerland, from the January 11 to 15, deliberation over the plight of rhinos was brushed over in ...

For Nations Lax About Ivory Smuggling, An Easy Pass

The Lao Peoples Democratic Republic recently became the latest of the countries most implicated in the illicit trafficking of elephant tusks to be let off the hook. Here’s the background. At the 16th meeting of the Convention on International ...

Hunters Bagged 10,000 Lions in Africa Since 2003, Trophy Data Show

Given that in Africa wild lions are in catastrophic decline–the latest International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) figures suggest that fewer than 20,000 remain–it may come as a shock to discover that as many as 10,000 of the  ...

How to Save Elephants: Obliterate Ivory Stockpiles Simultaneously

To save African elephants from extinction, “range states should put their ivory stockpiles beyond commercial use immediately and simultaneously,” says South African economist Ross Harvey. Using a theoretical two-player, river-crossing game in a paper called “Preserving the African Elephant for ...

Death of Zimbabwe’s Best-Loved Lion Ignites Debate on Sport Hunting

Zimbabwe’s most well-known and much-photographed black-maned lion, affectionately named Cecil, was killed by sport hunters just outside the nation’s premier wildlife park, Hwange, last week. Wildlife enthusiasts say Cecil, possibly Hwanges’s largest lion, was a favorite among ...

OPINION: Saving Wildlife From the Specter of Trade

By Adam Cruise Elephants, rhinos, and other wildlife across the globe are being slaughtered for their tusks, horns, pelts, and bones with no end in sight. Last week, the battle lines for an offensive were drawn. At a conference in ...