african elephants
The shared nature of Africa’s elephants

The shared nature of Africa’s elephants

Abstract The world's biodiversity is shared by countries that are increasingly recognizing the need for effective responses to human influence and climate change impacts through...

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Botswana elephant poaching ‘no hoax’

Botswana elephant poaching ‘no hoax’

Elephants Without Borders, who conducted an aerial research survey in Botswana, has had their wildlife research licence suspended by the Botswana government. See original...

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African Elephant Status Report 2016

This report is the most authoritative source of knowledge about the numbers and distribution of African elephant populations across their 37 range states in sub-Saharan Africa....

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Botswana’s elephants: myths vs facts

Botswana’s elephants: myths vs facts

Botswana president, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, recently hosted a summit in Kasane for five southern African heads of state to forge a common regional elephant conservation policy....

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The Last Elephants – Book review

Did you know that in Africa there is one elephant for every 20 000 people; fewer than 450 000 according to the (most recent) Great Elephant Census of 2016, down from the 3 to 5...

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Elephant mystique lingers (South Africa)

Elephant mystique lingers (South Africa)

This image from a SANParks camera trap survey shows the adult female elephant that was repeatedly identified. SANParks has long held that only a single, elderly elephant clings...

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Op-Ed: Namibia ducks elephant census

Photo: Namibian elephants (Eric Bauer via Flickr) The results of the most comprehensive survey of African elephants ever undertaken – the Great Elephant Census (GEC) announced...

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How many elephants are there?

How many elephants are there?

After pangolins, elephants are the most poached animals in Africa. But to get to grips with the implications, we need to know how many there are now, were once and will be in the...

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The struggle over Japan’s ivory market

The struggle over Japan’s ivory market

Japan has ensured the continued existence of its deeply flawed internal ivory market through sly diplomacy at the CITES conference in Johannesburg. However, reports in the...

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Ivory: When is a ban not a ban?

Ivory: When is a ban not a ban?

The failure to effectively shut down domestic ivory markets at the recent COP17 in Johannesburg leaves the ban on international ivory trade as little more than an ineffective...

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The Battle over Ivory

The future of Africa’s elephants may be decided in Johannesburg at the end of this month. When delegates from around the globe arrive at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the...

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Botswana bans elephant-back rides

Botswana bans elephant-back rides

According to the NGO World Animal Protection, most tourists go on elephant rides because they love elephants. They don’t know about the intense physical and psychological pain...

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