America Leads the Way and Bans Ivory

The US Government announced last month a near-total ban on trade in ivory, capping a process begun in May 2015 with joint pledges by Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping. Five US states have also banned ivory trade. China has yet to announce a timeline for their ban, but Hong Kong (where STE has been working with WildAid & WWF) commited to a ban within five years. Meanwhile Princeton & Berkeley academics published a paper showing that the current poaching crisis was the result of a one-off ivory sale in 2008, serving as a caution against seeing trade as a solution to the ivory crisis.

// read more on China  // read the trade & poaching paper 
SSudan Eles @MFay
Securing South Sudan's Elephants 

South Sudan's oil industry is providing a cloak for a thriving wildlife trafficking network with disastrous consequences for elephants and other wildlife. This month over a ton of ivory was seized at an airport in Juba, bound for Malaysia. In January and February alone, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported 32 elephants killed. The Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF) is shortly launching work with WCS while also funding Flora and Fauna International's anti-poaching operations in South Sudan’s forests where camera traps have recorded the most northerly forest elephant groups ever recorded. 

Treating Tim

Last week Tim, the king of Amboseli's elephants, was speared through the ear having run the gauntlet of a narrow wildlife corridor. ECF grantee Big Life's aerial team worked with the Kenya Wildlife Service and others to find and treat Tim, who is a target for poachers and farmers trying to protect their crops.

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Tale of 3 Bulls

There are signs that Matt, the biggest tusker we know of in the north of Kenya, may be losing his dominant position. Watch this 3-minute movie to see Matt meet his match in Edison, both of whom starred in the recent BBC series Nature's Epic Journeys. Iain Douglas-Hamilton was there to bear witness, only to find himself a target!

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Fury the Tracking Dog

Conservation Lower Zambezi are implementing a sniffer-dog project co-funded by the ECF. The tried and trusted breeds are effective but expensive and prone to disease. Now a local village puppy called Fury is defying stereotypes and swiftly learning to track effectively, giving hope that they might provide an efficient alternative.

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Plants, Elephants and Bees

Edwin Ruto, a conservation biologist interning at our Human Elephant Coexistence research site in Tsavo tells of his adventures working with elephants and bees. Hear Dr Lucy King tell more in the US next month at WCN in San Francisco on 21st July and the Nature Museum in Chicago on the 23rd July.

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