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  • Boost for Kenya Wildlife Service in their defence of Tsavo’s Great Tuskers - Save the Elephants
    of KWS at a ceremony at KWS Headquarters at 10am on Wednesday 18th June 2014 The donation was made possible by the Elephant Crisis Fund and has been deployed with the help of the Tsavo Trust The Kenya Wildlife Service have confirmed that the vehicle will be tasked with the defence of Tsavo s large elephants The Great Tuskers of Tsavo are truly one of Nature s wonders Kenya is one of the last places in the world that such magnificent creatures still exist and we must do all we can to ensure their survival To lose these individuals and the genes that made them great would be a tragic outcome and we are proud to support the Tsavo KWS anti poaching team said Iain Douglas Hamilton CEO of Save the Elephants Earlier this month news broke that one of the biggest bulls in Tsavo a male in his forties named Satao had been killed by poachers with a poison arrow His death had come hot on the heels of another famous elephant Mountain Bull who was killed by poachers in the Mt Kenya region Other than Tsavo the only other places in Africa that still boast elephants with such spectacular ivory are the Niassa Reserve in Mozambique and the Kruger National Park in South Africa Satao represented what an elephant should be and his death has shaken us all We need to defend Tsavo s remaining tuskers from the air and on the ground and we are proud to be working closely with the brave rangers of the Kenya Wildlife Service in this task said Richard Moller Chief Conservation Officer of the Tsavo Trust The Tsavo ecosystem covers an area of about 4 of Kenya s total land area and is home to about 33 of the national elephant

    Original URL path: http://savetheelephants.org/about-ste/press-media/?detail=boost-for-kenya-wildlife-service-in-their-defence-of-tsavo-s-great-tuskers (2016-02-10)
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  • Technology solutions for wildlife conservation: How GPS and cell phones are helping to monitor and protect African elephants - Save the Elephants
    and other remote sensors can give us a detailed picture of where the animal is what it is doing and what it might be experiencing The tracking system was developed using Geographical Information System GIS software components donated by the Environmental Systems Research Institute Esri in California runs from the Amazon EC2 Cloud the same cloud servers that power Netflix and allows real time visualization of animal movements on Google Earth The technology provides near instantaneous observation of the GPS location of an animal within seconds of it being recorded by an animal s tracking collar Data are transmitted via the Inmarsat satellite constellation or the local cell phone network The real time locations reveal patterns of movement while high resolution satellite imagery provides context for understanding observed behavior Behind the scenes a set of sophisticated software algorithms monitor incoming elephant movement datastreams and summarize complex information One algorithm looks specifically for elephants that become unnaturally immobile a warning that can indicate that an elephant is in trouble Poaching of elephants for ivory has emerged once again as a serious threat to the species The real time monitoring system is being applied to identify poaching events When one occurs and is properly identified by the system alerts are issued via SMS and e mail to wildlife management and enforcement allowing rapid response Applying technology in novel ways gives managers an edge over poachers which is increasingly critical to the protection of elephants and many endangered species in the face of increasing sophistication in poaching networks says George Wittemyer This system is allowing us to change the risks associated with poaching ultimately enhancing the deterrents to such illegal activities Tracking of elephants has helped lift the veil on the secrets of elephant lives over the last few decades This novel integration

    Original URL path: http://savetheelephants.org/about-ste/press-media/?detail=technology-solutions-for-wildlife-conservation-how-gps-and-cell-phones-are-helping-to-monitor-and-protect-african-elephants (2016-02-10)
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  • Third Hong Kong Retailer Drops Ivory - Save the Elephants
    based WildAid consultant Alex Hofford It s no coincidence that all three of Hong Kong s largest ivory retailers decided to remove ivory from their shelves in the final hours leading up to the Hong Kong ivory burn We encourage the government to continue their great work by banning ivory sales permanently Member of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Legislative Council Elizabeth Quat said I am very pleased that Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium Ltd can follow our advice I am expecting more and more local or even foreign companies to contribute to elephant conservation and stop all trading of ivory products as soon as possible In addition I expect that the Government to take a more active role in combating illegal ivory trade as well as looking into the possibility of drafting new legislation prohibiting sales and trading of all ivory products We need to allow our next generation to have real contact and interaction with these precious creatures not just learning them from books or videos The General Manager of Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium Ltd Mr Yu Kwok Chun said Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium Ltd will always support the promotion of environmental protection and the protection of endangered animals After receiving the call from the Hon Elizabeth Quat we showed our support by taking immediately action to stop the sale of ivory products in our shops the very same afternoon In April 2013 former NBA star Yao Ming launched a campaign in China to reduce demand for ivory and rhino horn with WildAid the African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants China s government has already taken positive steps by crushing more than six tonnes of seized ivory this past January and in 2013 China s State Forestry Administration appealed to travelers through SMS alerts not to purchase ivory or rhino horn On February 27 of this year China s top business leaders publicly pledged to never purchase possess or give ivory as a gift WildAid China Chairman Huang Nubo spearheaded the pledge which included Cao Guowei CEO of Sina Corp China s largest internet portal as well as 10 individuals from the Forbes 2013 China Rich List including Jack Ma founder of the Alibaba Group Then on March 4 Yao Ming and several fellow delegates delivered a petition during the Chinese People s Political Consultative Congress asking the government to ban sales of ivory Recent surveys indicate a large portion of China s population is unaware of the death toll to create ivory and rhino horn products yet a greater number of residents support government enforced bans Read the ivory and rhino horn surveys About WildAid WildAid is the only organization to solely focus on reducing the demand for wildlife products Working with hundreds of Asian and Western political figures celebrities and business leaders including the Duke of Cambridge Yao Ming Jackie Chan Edward Norton and Sir Richard Branson WildAid s public service messages and educational initiatives reach hundreds of millions of people a

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  • Cold War Radioactivity Helps Fight Trade in Illegal Elephant Ivory - Save the Elephants
    absorb radioactivity from the air that was put there by nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 1960s This gives scientists a time marker for all those meals The radiocarbon travels up the food chain finding its way into the fingernails hair teeth and tusks of herbivores By comparing radiocarbon levels in those tissues against the ever diminishing amount of radiocarbon in the atmosphere the bomb curve forensic scientists can pinpoint when the tissue formed and in some cases when the animal died Over the years poaching and wildlife trade has become one of the world s worst crimes among the world s top five illegal activities after drugs human trafficking counterfeiting and arms Presently an estimated 30 000 elephants are slaughtered annually driven in part by the lack of a reliable way of distinguishing between legal pre 1989 ivory and illegal post ban ivory We ve developed a tool that allows us to determine the age of a tusk or piece of ivory and this tells us whether it was acquired legally said the study s lead Author Kevin Uno Our dating method is affordable for government and law enforcement agencies and can help tackle the poaching and illegal trade crises Incidents across Africa give detail to the statistics concerning the illegal killing of elephants In May 2013 a group of armed poachers impersonated members of the Central African Republic s transitional government force and slaughtered 26 elephants at Dzanga Bai a UNESCO World Heritage Site Save the Elephants has lost several of its study elephants to poachers Save the Elephants is proud to be involved in this landmark study and hopes to see the technique eventually included in the routine analysis of seized ivory to better ascertain its source The National Science Foundation the National Geographic Society and

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  • One of Africa’s best-studied elephant populations reveals the disturbing impacts of poaching - Save the Elephants
    and 425 males inside two adjacent national reserves Samburu and Buffalo Springs was studied over 14 years Elephants roam far beyond the safety of the reserves and into danger zones where ivory poachers are active At the start of the research the population was increasing but in 2009 the poaching of these individually known elephants began to take its toll This change gave researchers an unprecedented opportunity to investigate the effects of the killing by comparing times of stability with times of strife The proportion of elephants that were illegally killed doubled in the last three years of the study By 2011 56 per cent were dying at the hands of poachers Older animals usually those with larger tusks fared particularly badly In 2000 there were 38 known males over 30 years old By 2011 this number had dropped to 12 of whom 7 had grown into the older age class Almost half of the known females over 30 years old were lost between 2006 and 2011 their number dropping from 59 to 32 While some of this mortality was due to a severe drought that hit the area in 2009 10 at least half is thought to be due to illegal killing The wave of killing altered the age structure and age related social organisation In 1998 42 per cent of the population was male but by 2011 the bulls who bear more ivory made up only 32 per cent Ten of the fifty elephant groups were effectively wiped out with no known breeding females left while thirteen had no breeding female over the age of 25 This represents the destruction of elephant memory banks and when these are destroyed the survival of those remaining is lowered said Dr Iain Douglas Hamilton founder of Save the Elephants With the loss of numerous well known and stable family groups came increased numbers of unaffiliated juveniles orphans Those who were under the age of two when they lost their mother all died Older survivors adopted a number of different strategies either remaining solitary teaming up with other orphans or joining another group The elephants of Samburu responded to the poaching pressure by increasing their reproductive efforts and producing more babies displaying the resilience that saw them survive the last onslaught on their populations in the 1970s and 80s The Kenya Wildlife Service working hand in glove with local community conservancies have put their lives on the line to defend the animals Until the price of ivory soared they were prevailing Ivory demand and prices have reached a point at which poachers are willing to target well protected closely monitored populations said Dr Douglas Hamilton This is now being replicated in other protected areas across Africa All is not lost however We faced this threat thirty years ago and we know that this situation can be controlled and reversed if the appetite for ivory is reduced There needs to be united action from concerned individuals NGOs and governments to reduce the demand

    Original URL path: http://savetheelephants.org/about-ste/press-media/?detail=one-of-africa-s-best-studied-elephant-populations-reveals-the-disturbing-impacts-of-poaching (2016-02-10)
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  • Long Term Monitoring - Save the Elephants
    or broken tusks During monitoring whenever a group is sighted the field team which includes researchers assistants and interns scrutinizes the group to record all members who are present All births disappearances deaths estrus and musth are also recorded These data are entered on a digital database for later retrieval and analysis of population dynamics social structure individual and population dietary preferences seasonal dispersal paternity from DNA and mortality from different causes including illegal killing This study when combined with the separately funded parallel radio tracking study allows us to understand how elephants make choices by studying their movements This leads to the definition of vital corridors and dispersal areas outside the officially protected areas More Projects Under Research Samburu Elephant Project Research Next Entries Donate The fate of elephants is in the balance The record price of ivory has attracted organised crime rebel militias and even terrorist groups fuelling a surge of poaching across the continent Without the outstanding support and generosity of our donors STE would not be able to continue securing a future for the elephants We urgently need your support while there is still time You can be of vital assistance by donating to either our core funds or to any of our projects Donate to STE Spread the Word The fate of elephants is in the balance The record price of ivory has attracted organised crime rebel militias and even terrorist groups fuelling a surge of poaching across the continent Without the outstanding support and generosity of our donors STE would not be able to continue securing a future for the elephants We urgently need your support while there is still time You can be of vital assistance by donating to either our core funds or to any of our projects Find Out How How

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  • A Historic Moment in the Battle For Elephants - Save the Elephants
    illegalities It is a hugely significant development in harmony with China s desire to promote Ecological Civilisation This move gives real hope that the demand for ivory that has been driving the destruction of Africa s elephants can be quashed Our strategy in common with an extraordinarily broad coalition of scientists activists actors conservation organisations politicians and governments has been to share with China the knowledge of the devastation that has been caused to elephants by people buying ivory Our hope now is that the price of ivory will plummet removing the incentive for the criminals to traffic and poachers to kill elephants for ivory Save the Elephants has established that 100 000 elephants were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012 and that ivory prices in China have tripled in the four years between 2009 and 2014 see our report There are signs that this may already be happening Last year the price of ivory in China did not increase for the first time since the crisis began and this year there are indications that the price is starting to decrease Any speculator who borrowed money to buy ivory banking on elephant extinction now risks losing his investment and this could bring about a collapse in ivory prices This is the second ivory poaching crisis that I have seen in my fifty years working with elephants The first occurred from 1971 to 1989 and the second beginning in 2009 and continues through 2015 The second wave of killing is in many ways more serious as there are fewer elephants left to satisfy demand The echoes from the past warn us that we cannot rest yet Corrupt officials and international criminal syndicates will not give up their profits easily Many vulnerable elephant populations have been so badly hit that

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  • Justice for Wildlife - Save the Elephants
    Together we can win together we can secure a future for elephants and rhinos We are proud that STE s research has made the elephants of Samburu are one of the best studied elephant populations in the world and that we know every elephant by face Cutting edge scientific insight is ammunition in the battle against the current surge in ivory poaching Our Elephant Crisis Fund is supporting 37 of the most effective global partners working on 50 projects to stop the poaching stop the trafficking and stop the demand for ivory We ve seen great strides on the anti poaching front Dzanga Zhanga in the Central African Republic is one example The forest elephants that live there are shy but they do come out into this beautiful bay to drink In 2013 Janjaweed Militia attacked this site and sprayed these elephants with rocketpropelled grenades Though hope seemed lost we knew we could help Within 24hrs we gave emergency funds to our partners on the ground and two years on the population has returned to good health In Kenya there was a time believe it or not when traffickers would get off Scott free for their crimes Many courtrooms decided no one was watching and gave slap on the wrist fines to smugglers Even as we commend the Cabinet Secretary for pushing through a game changing law in2013 to end this Save the Elephants has been supporting Paula and her team at WLD to keep eyes in the courtroom so that kingpins like Feizal Ali Mohammed do not get away with their crimes On the China front what are we doing I should start by saying what we re not doing We re not pointing fingers at the whole nation Only a tiny proportion of Chinese buy ivory Almost all

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