Buddhist elephant
A CITES Conference Like No Other

Elephants once more topped the agenda at the 16th meeting of world nations at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).  The UN meeting, once notorious among conservationists for its perceived pro-trade leanings, displayed a different face this year in Bangkok. Chairmen mediated effectively and brought about a wide range of successes for wildlife. The current ban on international trade in ivory was not contested and no more ‘one-off sales’ approved, and important progress was made in establishing a consensus on how to secure a future for elephants by reducing demand for ivory.

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Heritage for Trumpet
The Poaching Horror Continues

It’s been another month of heart-wrenching losses. While the continental catastrophe continues with no sign of slowing, it is the death of the individual elephants we study that leaves us horror-struck. In an alarming new trend, March saw the loss of three elephants inside Buffalo Springs National Reserve. First we lost two bulls, Philo and Ngampit, then a much-loved female named Cirrocumulus. Days later, near the Maasai Mara at the other end of Kenya, one of our most magnificent collared bulls, Heritage, was killed for his tusks. A new anti-poaching helicopter is among the resources being deployed to defend the survivors.

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Kenya judges
Sensible Sentences 

While STE is working hard to reduce demand for ivory in China, it has become painfully obvious that Kenya’s legal system is not taking poaching cases seriously. Tiny fines and paltry sentences mean poachers keep poaching, and undermine Kenya’s appeals for China to stamp out the trade.

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Yao Ming
Yao Ming Launch

The STE/WildAid campaign to reduce demand for ivory in China is launching in Beijing this month when Head of Research David Daballen takes the stage with superstar Yao Ming. Meanwhile we are hoping to introduce one of China’s most famous actresses to Samburu’s elephants in May. Watch this space!

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Human Footprint

The ivory crisis can be beaten - with your help.  Once it has been, Africa’s elephants will still face a battle for survival on an increasingly crowded continent.  STE researchers have spent five years mapping the spread of human settlements to understand how elephants can live alongside them.

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Wildlife Leader

Jerenimo Leipirei began working with STE five years ago and has proved a great asset in the field. He’s now in the US for the first time having won a place on the Emerging Wildlife Leader’s program. After a 2 week course in Texas he’ll be returning to Samburu as a newly-skilled conservationist.

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