Richard Ruggiero

People and Wildlife Are Both Casualties of Illicit Mining

Central Africa’s natural treasures are a blessing. They are also a curse. The vast Congo Basin — spanning six Central African countries – supports more than 10,000 animal and 600 tree species, many of which are unique to this area. The region represents ...

The battle for the survival of the forest elephant can be won

In Gabon’s Minkébé National Park, forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) declined by approximately 80 percent between 2004 and 2014, as reported in a recent publication supported in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Both savanna and forest elephants are ...

Chad Takes Action, and the Elephants Hear It

Chadian President Idriss Deby lights a pyre on which over a thousand kilos of elephant tusks were incinerated. (Photograph courtesy African Parks/AFP Photo/Marco Longari) By Richard G. Ruggiero Chad’s President Idriss Déby set fire to the ...

Chad Takes Action, and the Elephants Hear It

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 ...

Gabon: Ground Zero for Forest Elephants

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 ...

Why Elephants Matter

By Richard Ruggiero, J. Michael Fay, and Lee White Wildlife trafficking will receive overdue world attention this week at the United Nations General Assembly and by the Clinton Global Initiative and other elite platforms. The ongoing slaughter of African elephants ...

Why Elephants Matter

By Richard Ruggiero, J. Michael Fay, and Lee White Wildlife trafficking will receive overdue world attention this week at the United Nations General Assembly and by the Clinton Global Initiative and other elite platforms. The ongoing slaughter of African elephants ...

Why Elephants Matter

By Richard Ruggiero, J. Michael Fay, and Lee White Wildlife trafficking will receive overdue world attention this week at the United Nations General Assembly and by the Clinton Global Initiative and other elite platforms. The ongoing slaughter of African elephants ...

Minkebe: A Tragedy Revealed and a Lesson to be Learned

Readers of this blog and other news related to the calamitous trends in the large-scale poaching of African elephants have another word to add to the vocabulary of crimes against nature: Minkebe. I did not share the shock that the ...