Michael Schwartz

By Michael Schwartz Africa’s remaining wild lions are facing a number of uphill battles as the continent’s human population grows. Nowhere is this dilemma more evident than the Republic of Uganda. A 2013 survey issued on the Lion Alert website gave a rough estimate of 421 felines. The Uganda Carnivore Program (UCP) is a conservation organization…

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By Michael Schwartz The Western world desperately wants to save Africa’s elephants from poachers. But the public needs, and deserves, to know more about human-elephant conflict. Many elephant admirers living in the United States and Europe might not understand what is involved and how it plays out in the context of elephant conservation. According to…

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By Michael Schwartz Malawi president Peter Mutharika recently decided to postpone the burning of roughly four tons of stockpiled ivory, worth around seven million dollars. He claimed that at least 2.6 more tons are still being held as evidence in the upcoming trials of suspected elephant poachers. While his initial decision to destroy the ivory…

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By Michael Schwartz For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Isaac Newton’s third law of motion is certainly an adequate illustration of the ongoing pugilism between pro-trade and anti-trade advocacy groups concerning the battle to protect remaining elephant and rhinoceros populations in Africa. Having read more than my fair share of literature…

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