illegal ivory

By Richard G. Ruggiero Chad’s President Idriss Déby set fire to the country’s 1.1-ton ivory stockpile on February 21. This symbolic act reinforced the substantive steps Chad has been taking to save its remaining elephants, now estimated to number about 450 in Zakouma National Park. Elephants in Chad have suffered some of the most severe...

There’s simply no way other way to begin this story: The future for Africa’s forest elephant (Loxodonata cyclotis) is exceedingly dire. The battle to protect this “hidden elephant” from unremitting slaughter is being lost to a more aggressive and merciless demand for the animals’ ivory. Or as Richard Ruggiero, Africa branch chief at the US...

Last week police in Togo arrested three men and seized the largest shipment of illegal ivory in West African history, breaking a record for ivory seizures from that region set just six days earlier. Officials seized 2.1 tons of ivory on January 29; they had seized 1.7 tons on January 23. According to officials, both...