Asian Demand for Ivory Pushing Elephants to Extinction

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Woodland Park Zoo and its Controversial Elephant Breeding Efforts

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An article in today's Seattle Times about Woodland Park Zoo's attempts over the last 20 years to breed elephants. The zoo claims it's to preserve the species. seattle zoo woodland park zoo captive breeding elephantsVery controversial with organizations such as In Defense of Animals, PETA and the Northwest Animal Rights Network. They say it's cruel.

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What's the Truth About Woodland Park Zoo's Elephants?

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On the one hand, Woodland Park is very proud of its elephant conservation program and its elephant residents. On the other hand, Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants says they are not well-treated and should be in a sanctuary. Elephants need to roam and I don't particularly like having any animal gawked at in a zoo.but I don't really know if Woodland Park is worse than any other zoo. I live in Seattle where Woodland Park Zoo is located.

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Huge Effort to Rescue 60 Elephants in Malawi

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There has been a lot of violence between the elephants and subsistence farmers (unfortunately, I think the violence is pretty one-sided.) Jason Bell-Leask, IFAW Director Southern Africa} said "For years the herd has been maimed by local villagers, sometimes using appallingly cruel methods to protect their crops and granaries from raids by the elephants. Tags: malawi africa animal rescue elephants endangered species They are being moved to a wildlife sanctuary.

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China Gets to Buy Elephant Ivory

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I don't know how to call this one.will it help or hurt the elephant population in the long run? The UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Geneva voted in favour of China becoming a licensed importer. The African states say they need to sell the stockpiles to finance the conservation and management of their elephant populations but critics say it will give illegal traders the opportunity to launder poached ivory.

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Crime Gang Dealing in Rhino Horn and Elephant Ivory

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From the African Conservation Foundation.the story was actually published earlier in August, but still worth posting A shocking undercover journey reveals that a poaching cartel known as ‘The Crocodile Gang’, led by Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa, is slaughtering rhinos and elephants to fulfill ‘requests’ for horn and ivory. Tags: organized crime africa zim poaching rhino elephants This is big, scary business out there, not some struggling poor people trying to survive.

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Horror in Africa

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African elephants being poached in unprecedented numbers. ivory africa military poaching elephants endangered speciesThey are disappearing from the continent as the poachers become increasingly militarized. Full story here at the New York Times.

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Saving Marine Animals that Are NOT Cute

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We hear about the problem with charismatic land species. It's those species that either have a powerful personality or a cute face that endear people to them and garner news attention. Examples include panda bears, wolves, elephants, tigers, etc. It's easier to motivate people to save them as opposed to other species that are vital, but either boring or ugly. Tags: marine life marine animals endangered species

Primate Parts Still Being Used for "Medicinal Purposes"

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It's not just tiger parts and elephant tusks that are being used for so called "traditional" medicinal uses. Tags: traditional medicine poaching primates endangered species I didn't know primates were in demand too. I knew about bush meat, but not about this. Will it ever end?

Suit Against Circus Owners Goes to Trial

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employee, claims the defendants inhumanely and illegally mistreat their Asian elephants and have done so for decades. According to the complaint, the defendants routinely beat elephants, violating the 1973 Endangered Species Act by hitting them with bull hooks. It also contends they forcibly remove baby elephants from their mothers with ropes and chains before they are weaned. Tags: animal cruelty circus elephants

Cameroon Sets Up Park for Gorillas

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Cameroon, with one of Africa’s highest rates of deforestation, has set up a new national park to protect gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants and a rare type of antelope called bongo. Deng Deng National Park extends 580 square kilometres (224 square miles), an area about the size of Chicago, and will help conserve some 600 western lowland gorillas, one of four sub- species of the great ape, said the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, which helped in the park’s creation.

US Fish and Wildlife Offers Ivory Identification Guide

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tentative visual identification, and "probable cause" to seize as evidence), an examination of the carved ivory object by a trained scientist is still necessary to obtain a positive identification of the species source. Tags: wildlife crime ivory wildlife trafficking trafficking elephants Wonder if something is made from illegal ivory? US Fish and Wildlife has a guide for identification. From the web page.

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Bush Meat, Trafficking Decimate Vietnam

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Over the last two years, authorities have discovered 57 cases of trafficking in wild animals involving more than 7,612 individuals including monkeys and Tibetan bears and elephant tusks. Tags: vietnam exotic meats wildlife trafficking bush meat endangered species Sounds just awful. But the problem is the high demand for these products. From Vietnam News.

Lion Population Decreasing in Kenya

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I've been reading a lot about threatened elephants and primate populations in Africa and wondered about lions. Tags: africa Kenya lion endangered species One rarely hears about how they are doing. But, unfortunately, they are in trouble too. This article talks about the specific situation in Kenya. The storyline is all too familiar.

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Animals Dying in Virunga National Forest

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Four chimpanzees were killed last week in the central zone and 11 elephants since the start of the year," park director Emmanuel de Merode told AFP. Tags: virunga africa congo gorillas endangered species Lots of animals have died since the beginning of the year. From AFP. Dozens of animals have been killed by armed groups at Africa's oldest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of the year, park officials and environmental groups said Tuesday.

Wild Chimpanzees Threatened in the Congo

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Locals have told Hicks that up to a few years ago there was very little poaching (except for elephants) in the area, and that it is the mining of diamonds and gold that has lead to the current slaughter of wildlife. Tags: chimpanzees poaching congo endangered species Two of my favorite issues are chimpanzees threatened in labs and mountain gorillas threatened in the Congo. Let's combine the two and look at chimpanzees threatened in the Congo.

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Calgary Zoo Feeling Economic Pressure

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He's a staunch defender of Calgary's record, despite some well-publicized misfortune, such as the death of 41 stingrays and a baby elephant last year. Tags: zoos canada seals polar bear endangered species They had to cancel a big project that would have showcased polar bears and seals. But don't feel too bad for them. Dr. Clement Lanthier, Calgary Zoo president and CEO (is this a corporation??) sounds like a real jerk.

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People Who Want to Ban Circus Animals are Bozos?

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The only way most of us will ever see an elephant (or a tiger or a hippo) is on the National Geographic Channel, at a circus or in a zoo. And without their well-run breeding programs, many exotic species really could soon disappear from Earth for good. So here’s my proposal as this crazy elephant ban stampedes through the Council: Let’s plop these finger-wagging council members on the high wire, drop them inside the cannon barrel, slip a few beneath the elephants’ hoofs.

On THE DOG WHO COULDN'T STOP LOVING

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She's not capable of the kind of love that dogs and humans are capable of for one another--across species. There are duck stories and elephant stories and pig stories, but the reason we hear about them is because they are extraordinary.

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Odd Friendships

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An elephant holds vigil for a sick dog. Can animals really build friendships with other species, people, or even their own prey? Here is a sneak peek of the elephant and the dog: Odd Friendships originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 24, 2009.

Miracle Babies; Pandas and Leopards

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Nat Geo WILD takes viewers around the world to follow dedicated people working to save Nature’s Miracle Babies – often the last hope for critically vulnerable species. We’ll see ambitious programs to save diverse species from the outback of Australia, the savannahs of East Africa, the Brazilian Amazon and some of the most successful zoo breeding programs in the world. The giant panda is one of the world’s most iconic species, but its population numbers are critically low.

On "Wild Justice"

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Narrative from seasoned ethologists provides interpretation informed by their knowledge about a particular species and its behavior, and their attention to context and individual peculiarities" (37). Bekoff and Pierce "advocate a species-relative view of morality.

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From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Your reporting on the illegal ivory trade (“ Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits ,” “The Price of Ivory” series, front page, Sept. 4) is a chilling reminder of just how high the stakes have become today for elephants in the wild. 4, 2012 The writer is vice president for species conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Note from KBJ: I take it that rats are not a "charismatic species

Marine Life Top of CITES Meeting Agenda

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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or Cites that opened in the Qatari capital on Saturday will be discussing 42 proposals during the next two weeks. Apart from issues like combating elephant poaching for ivory in Africa and banning trade in polar bear skins, those focusing on sharks and tuna are likely to be among the most contentious. Oh look, more meetings. From Al Jazeera.

Questionable Practices at the Calgary Zoo

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The Calgary Zoo is again under scrutiny as details emerged Friday about how a capybara, a species of giant South American rodent, died after becoming caught in a hydraulic door last weekend as it was being moved from one area to another. Incidents include a hippo who died in transport from Denver and a Turkmenian markhor, a species of wild goat, hung itself at the zoo after becoming trapped by a rope. In November 2008, a virus killed a 15-month-old Asian elephant calf named Malti.

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Deadly 60: Big Cat Battleground

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In Thailand, a land known for its exotic animals, Steve comes face-to-face with the longest venomous snake in the world, the king cobra, whose bite could kill an elephant. Tonight! Monday, July 11 at 10PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD! Africa’s big cats are among the most iconic predators.

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Canadian Sentenced for Ivory Smuggling

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Tania Siyam originally operated art import and export businesses in Montreal, Canada, and Cameroon that were fronts for smuggling products from endangered and protected wildlife species, including raw elephant ivory. Good news. Tania Julie Siyam, a 32-year-old Canadian art dealer, has been sentenced to serve 60 months in prison and pay a $100,000 fine for illegally smuggling ivory from Cameroon to the United States.

The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Elephants, whales, hippopotamuses, giraffes, and alligators use low-frequency sounds to communicate over long distances, often miles; and bats, dolphins, whales, frogs, and various rodents use high-frequency sounds to find food, communicate with others, and navigate. Empathy Among Elephants.

Should the Military Force Protect the Environment?

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In some parts of Africa, rangers receive military training and equipment to defend animals (and themselves) from poachers in pursuit of elephants, rhinos, gorillas, and other endangered species. Thought-provoking article in the Boston Globe.some green thinkers are now coming to a surprising conclusion: In exceptional circumstances, they say, the only effective way to protect the environment may be at the barrel of a gun.