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EYE ON IVORY BLOG

A Call to Action as Poaching of African Elephants Reaches a Tipping Point

The release this week of peer-reviewed research showing that the poaching of African elephants has driven the species’ to a tipping point should serve as a clear indication to conservationists, law enforcement and military agencies that current strategies to secure elephant populations are not effective and that an improved course of action is necessary. The findings, published in Proceedings […]

Understanding the Crisis

What Crisis?

African elephants, among others, are in crisis. Poaching ivory has taken a toll on the elephant population. It is said that the poaching rates have escalated in the late 1990s and are now currently spiking.

According to reports from wildlife organization, Save the Elephants, between 2010-2012 up to 33,000 elepants were poached and killed on average each year. Based […]

Poaching Skyrockets as Prices Increase in China

Since 2010, prices for the ivory of African elephants have nearly tripled. This increase in prices is largely due to the insufficient enforcement of ivory laws in China, where demand for ivory stems from affluent citizens who use the precious material as symbols of status or gifts to soften business deals.

The increase in demand has caused poachers to […]

South Africa Takes Charge Against Poachers

As H.O.P.E. continues to monitor poaching developments in Africa, we have learned that  five rhino poachers were recently arrested in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.

A joint crew consisting of the Durban Organized Crime Unit, a special task unit, and the Nyathi Anti-Poaching unit was patrolling the local region when they received reports of suspicious activity around a […]

Five Facts About Elephant Poaching

Despite years of intense campaigning against elephant poaching, the illegal killings still continue in shocking frequency. Recognition of the crisis is slowly increasing; however, since murky misconceptions still surround the topic here are five crucial facts to help shed light on one of the most important issues in the environmental world.

Poaching is the illegal hunting and killing of wild […]

Why are Elephants Important?

 Yes, the World Needs Elephants

Approximately 7-10 million elephants existed in the 1930’s. Today, that number stands around 300,000 and is declining at a rapid pace. Demand for ivory is one of their biggest killers.

Imagine, just for a moment, a world without elephants. You may think elephants are another big mammal, but elephants have an imperative role in the ecosystem and […]

Bloggers Needed! Join The Cause!

Help us and blog for a good cause. Elephant poaching needs to be stopped. It’s estimated that 30,000 to 40,000 elephants are poached every year. That’s 30,000 innocent animals being hurt for no reason. That’s why we need people to help and blog for us. Blogging will give people more knowledge and spread the word.

A lot of people don’t […]

WANTED: Volunteer Bloggers for H.O.P.E. at SaveIvory.org

Help H.O.P.E. spread the word about our mission to protect elephants from illicit ivory poachers.

Cyanide Used by Poachers to Kill Elephants in Zimbabwe

Field rangers and conservationists in Zimbabwe are reporting that four elephants were recently poisoned with cyanide in Zambezi National Park…