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Echo: An Elephant to Remember

Have you seen the PBS special about Echo: An Elephant to Remember?
It's a pretty remarkable story.
They also ran this special "Battle For The Elephants" that is very important to watch:



Also on the subject of Elephants:

Nick Brandt, our friend for many years... artist, photographer, activist, guardian of the animals.


 

 


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Dog Saves Elephants: How One of Big Life's New Tracker Dogs Successfully Tracked Down Elephant Poachers Armed with AK47's

by Nick Brandt / Llewellyn Dyer

The gang of Somali poachers, armed with AK47's, shot and killed two big bull elephants for their ivory on consecutive days. It was not their first, for they had been killing elephants in the area for a year. Once again, they successfully fled the scene of the crime.

Read more at Big Life

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By some estimates, an average of 96 African elephants are slaughtered each
day for the ivory trade. At the current rate of poaching an ancient species will
be gone within a decade, two at most.Dogs are helping to catch the bad guys.
By Erika Mansourian

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Agony and Ivory

Alex Shoumatoff via Vanity Fair

Highly emotional and completely guileless, elephants mourn their dead—and across Africa, they are grieving daily as demand from China’s “suddenly wealthy” has driven the price of ivory to $700 a pound or more. With tens of thousands of elephants being slaughtered each year for their tusks, raising the specter of an “extinction vortex,” Alex Shoumatoff travels from Kenya to Seattle to Guangzhou, China, to expose those who are guilty in the massacre—and recognize those who are determined to stop it.

Read the whole article here


Blood Ivory

Via National Geographic
By Bryan Christy

IN JANUARY 2012 A HUNDRED RAIDERS ON HORSEBACK CHARGED OUT OF CHAD INTO CAMEROON’S BOUBA NDJIDAH NATIONAL PARK, SLAUGHTERING HUNDREDS OF ELEPHANTS—entire families—in one of the worst concentrated killings since a global ivory trade ban was adopted in 1989. Carrying AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, they dispatched the elephants with a military precision reminiscent of a 2006 butchering outside Chad’s Zakouma National Park. And then some stopped to pray to Allah. Seen from the ground, each of the bloated elephant carcasses is a monument to human greed. Elephant poaching levels are currently at their worst in a decade, and seizures of illegal ivory are at their highest level in years.

Read more at National Geographic Magazine