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,...

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...

Elephants Are Slaughtered For Chopsticks

Rob Crilly reports in Nairobi, from The Times: Rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo believe that rising demand for ivory in China is to blame for an unprecedented wave of elephant poaching in one of the country’s...

Wang Zhuoqiong: Tuskless elephants evolving thanks to poachers

From China Daily: More male Asian elephants in China will be born without tusks because poaching of tusked elephants is reducing the gene pool, a recent study predicts. Research by Zhang Li, an associate professor of zoology with the college of life sciences at Beijing Normal University, discovered that the gene for tusklessness is spreading […]



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