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Elephant Conservation in the Context of High Human-Wildlife Conflict

Elephant Conservation in the Context of High Human-Wildlife Conflict

By African Parks Recent commentary has been critical around this year’s elephant translocation from Liwonde National Park to Kasungu National Park in Malawi. Subsequent to the translocation, three people have been killed by elephants which got out of Kasungu National Park. According to IFAW, one of these deaths was caused by a translocated elephant bull, and the other two by local elephants. Incidents such as these are tragic, and our thoughts are with the families of each of these individuals. This note serves to provide context to these circumstances, and attempts to unpack...

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How money and technology are militarising the fight against the illegal wildlife trade

How money and technology are militarising the fight against the illegal wildlife trade

By Rosaleen Duffy - Professor of International Politics, University of Sheffield Thousands of animals and plants are bought and sold each year globally as food, medicine, clothing and furniture – even in the form of musical instruments. Wildlife, it seems, is big business. The illegal wildlife trade, which has an estimated value of at least US$7 billion (£5.9 billion) and potentially as much as US$23 billion, is driving some of the most well known species on Earth – especially rhinos, elephants, tigers, lions and, more recently, pangolins – towards extinction. Since...

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The Demise of a Vietnamese Wildlife Kingpin

The Demise of a Vietnamese Wildlife Kingpin

By David Klein, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project Not many people seemed to notice when Nguyen Van Nam was sentenced to 11 years in prison for trafficking in rhinoceros horn in July 2020. Journalists filed a few brief stories on his trial, which were soon forgotten in the daily onslaught of global news. But Nguyen Van Nam, better known by his alias Ah Nam, bears remembering. For years he was one of the top illegal wildlife traffickers in Vietnam, a key hub in the multi-billion-dollar global trade in animal parts that is driving species such as rhinos and elephants to...

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Worried about elephant numbers? Quit counting them

Worried about elephant numbers? Quit counting them

By Rio Button for Roving Reporters, Daily Maverick That’s the advice of Professor Rob Slotow, who says protected areas need to be sufficiently diverse and robust to bounce back from a range of major disturbances such as storms, drought, heat waves and diseases. Reserve managers often agonise over whether a particular park has too many or too few elephants. Instead, they should look at whether natural ecosystems are functioning properly to support biodiversity.  That’s the advice of Professor Rob Slotow, who says protected areas need to be sufficiently diverse and robust to bounce back...

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