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Of Quackery, Rhinos and Tigers

Last week’s Economist noted an almost thirty-fold increase in the poaching of South African rhinos between 2008 and 2011. As with the ongoing surge in elephant poaching, much of the blame has fallen on Chinese demand. Last...

BBC’s Panorama on China’s Appetite for Ivory

BBC current affairs programme Panorama examines China’s central role in the booming illegal ivory trade, which has fuelled elephant poaching on a scale not seen since the 1980s: As demand for ivory rises in the Far East,...

China Fuels Resurgent Ivory Poaching

Ivory poaching in Africa, fuelled in large part by Chinese consumers, is reaching a scale not seen since the 1980s. The amount seized last year, twice as much as in 2010, suggests the killing of at least 2,500 elephants, but...

Agony & Ivory: How China Fuels Elephant Poaching

The appetites of newly wealthy Chinese for ostentatious luxuries are fuelling elephant poaching across Africa. At Vanity Fair, Alex Shoumatoff writes that in the illegal ivory trade, “all roads lead to Guangzhou”: In...

Will China Kill All Africa’s Elephants?

A lengthy investigative report in the Spectator on the poaching and destruction of African elephants in Tanzania points to Chinese smugglers: The next day we met Salim and another dealer, Daudi, at a petrol station. They got in...

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