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March 3, 2015
New surveys show public support in China for stronger action to end ivory and rhino horn trade SAN FRANCISCO (March 3, 2015) — Chinese consumer awareness of the ivory and rhino horn trade’s devastating impact on African wildlife has grown rapidly over the past two years, the result of major public awareness campaigns by wildlife organizations and state media, according to two new reports from WildAid, the African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants as part of...

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December 9, 2014
Press Release The illegal ivory trade is exploding in China, overwhelming efforts to enforce the law, according to the results of the first detailed research on the markets of Beijing and Shanghai since 2002, published today by Save the Elephants and The Aspinall Foundation. Skyrocketing demand for ivory in China – the wholesale price of raw elephant tusks has tripled in just four years since 2010 – have sparked a booming trade in smuggled ivory that is ...

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September 10, 2014
Elizabeth Quat wants Hong Kong to give up ivory trade Isiolo, Kenya (September 9, 2014) – Hong Kong lawmaker Dr. Hon Elizabeth Quat JP has come to Kenya to help build bridges between China and Africa as part of her campaign to stop the buying of ivory and end the killing of elephants. The trip was organized in partnership with WildAid, Save the Elephants, the African Wildlife Foundation, the Northern Rangelands Trust and Stop Ivory.  Africa is in...

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August 18, 2014
New research has revealed that an estimated 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012. An average of 33,630 elephants per annum are calculated to have been lost over those three years, with preliminary data indicating unsustainable levels continued in 2013. The number of elephants remaining in Africa is uncertain, but these losses are driving declines in the world's wild African elephants on the order of 2-3% a year. This study provides the first ...

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August 7, 2014
A UK-led seven-person rowing crew has today broken two world records for the fastest-ever crossing of the Indian Ocean in a rowing boat. The Rossiter’s Avalon also achieved the longest rowing record having arrived in the Seychelles at 14:58 GMT (18:58 local time) on August 7.  The rowers set out from Geraldton, Australia on June 11 and have covered over 4,200 miles to the Seychelles in just 57 days despite knockdowns in massive seas and the loss of crucial ...

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July 2, 2014
PRESS RELEASE PRICE OF IVORY IN CHINA TRIPLES IN FOUR YEARS, WITH GRAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR ELEPHANTS IN AFRICA New research funded by Save the Elephants has revealed that the price of ivory in China, the world’s biggest market, has almost tripled over the last four years. In May 2014 long-time ivory researchers Esmond Martin & Lucy Vigne conducted a month-long survey of hundreds of Chinese retail outlets and factories in Beijing and Shanghai and contrasted their ...

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June 23, 2014
CITES welcomes the world’s environment ministers adding their voice to the concerted global efforts underway to combat illegal wildlife trade at the first UN Environment Assembly to be held in Nairobi this week. Over the past three years illegal wildlife trade has been rising to the top of the international agenda. From the UN Security Council to the World Heritage Committee, there is recognition at the highest political levels of the economic, social, environmental and security ...

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June 19, 2014
Kenya’s last remaining Great Tuskers received a boost as Save the Elephants presented the Kenya Wildlife Service with a new Toyota Landcruiser vehicle modified and equipped as an anti poaching vehicle dedicated to their defence. Less than a hundred of these impressive elephants are thought to survive in Africa today. Defined by their vast tusks (a Great Tusker is one whose ivory weighs more than 100 lbs or 45 kgs a side), these iconic animals are ...

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May 30, 2014
PRESS RELEASE  The viral spread of smartphones has jumped a species. African elephants are now also benefitting, thanks to new software algorithms developed by researchers and conservationists. A study published today in the journal Ecological Applications by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Colorado State University, U.S.A. and Save the Elephants, Kenya reports on the use of advanced technology to ...

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May 13, 2014
Third Hong Kong Retailer Drops Ivory
WildAid, Save the Elephants, AWF


PRESS RELEASE HONG KONG, May 13, 2014 - Hong Kong’s Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium Ltd announced that it is no longer selling ivory products according to a memo obtained by WildAid. The statement follows similar announcements from fellow retailers Chinese Arts & Crafts (H.K.) Ltd (CAC) and Wing On Department Store earlier this year. Prior to these announcements CAC, Wing On, and Yue Hwa were Hong Kong’s largest retailers of elephant ivory. According...

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July 3, 2013
A new method for dating elephant tusks has been established that is expected to make it easier to enforce the current worldwide ban on ivory. The study, by scientists from Colombia University, the University of Arizona, Save the Elephants and the Kenya Wildlife Service, is published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). ...

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January 16, 2013
Press Release  January 16, 2013 The devastating impacts of a recent surge in ivory poaching have been chronicled in detail by new research on one of Africa’s best-studied elephant populations. Almost a thousand elephants in Samburu, Northern Kenya, have been closely monitored over the last decade and a half. Over the last four years demand for their tusks has disrupted their close-knit society. The illegal killing of elephants is increasing rapidly across ...

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December 4, 2012
Press Release December 4, 2012 Satellite tracking of elephants living near Timbuktu has revealed the secret of their survival in the savage conditions of Mali’s desert. The elephants of Africa’s northernmost population use over 32,000 square kilometres of the Gourma region in their epic quest for food and water, the largest range ever recorded for the species. Their circular migration route is also thought to be unique to this population. The findings, ...

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July 13, 2011
The Race for Ivory is on
Save The Elephants


Contact: Dr Iain Douglas-HamiltonSave the Elephants+254 / (0) 722 204868iain@savetheelephants.org PRESS RELEASEJuly 12th 2011 Elephant expert Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton and his team sound the alarm on highest elephant poaching in Samburu in 14 ...

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June 8, 2011
Increasing elephant populations in Kenya since 1989 have been widely praised as a conservation success story. However, where elephants and agricultural land overlap, incidents of human–elephant conflict are on the increase. Wildlife managers and farmers are now trying different farm-based deterrents to keep elephants out of crops with varying success. Such efforts include the use of dogs, watch towers, fire crackers, fences and chilli pepper barriers. A new publication published ...

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