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Study Estimates 100,000 Elephants Killed in Last 3 Years
The continued demand for ivory from China and elsewhere in Asia has led to a dramatic decline in Africa’s elephant populations in the last decade, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Extrapolating from local population estimates, the authors estimated that 100,000 elephants have been killed in the last three years and that, in central Africa, the regional population has declined by 64 percent in the last decade. Read more about this study on National Geographic’s website.
Reportage photographer Brent Stirton documented the illicit ivory trade, and efforts to combat poachers, in 2011 and 2012. In his resulting story, “God’s Ivory,” Brent vividly illustrated the connection between poaching in Africa and demand for religious and cultural icons made from ivory in Asia.
Top: The largest mass killing of elephants in recent history took place at Bouba Ndjida National Park in North Cameroon close to the Chad and Central African Republic Borders from January through March 2012.
Middle: The preparation for the burning of 5 tons of trafficked Ivory recovered from a seizure in Singapore in 2002, Manyani, Tsavo, Kenya, July 20, 2011.
Bottom: Ivory on sale at government registered White Peacock Arts World, Beijing, China, November 15, 2011.
Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, pate-de-cristal square, amber mottled paperweight molded with two black-bodied moths
Pikkpack - The Hungarian cousin of the Mexican Huarache.
Today is World Elephant Day
' The Ivory Crisis: Urgent and Comple x '
It’s estimated that there were 1.2 million elephants in Africa in 1980. Now there are only about 430,000. And the numbers are plummeting – an estimated 30,000 elephants are being killed each year.
Why? Their tusks. The demand for ivory – carved into figurines, chopsticks, bracelets and other “luxury” items – has skyrocketed in Asian markets, most notably China, as more of the population accumulates wealth. Unfortunately, there is widespread misinformation, leading many consumers to believe that the item they’re buying came from elephants that died of natural causes.
Our network of partners includes: Northern Rangelands Trust, Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino Trust, Kenya Wildlife Service, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, Zambia Wildlife Authority, Tanzania National Park Authority, Space for Giants, Ujamaa Community Resource Team – and you.
Dan Wallace ~ Kwakwaka’wakw/Haida
Dan Wallace is a hereditary Chief and is a descendant of the Cape Mudge Laich-kwil-taich and Haida Nations. Coming from two distinct cultural backgrounds, Dan has an abundance of creativity to draw upon. His crest is the Double-Finned Killerwhale. Dan was raised in the Wei-Wai-Kay Village on Quadra Island by a family of carvers (Ruben, Geoff, and Tom Wallace). He is mostly self-taught and has been carving as a full-time artist since 2000.
GEORGES PIERRE FRENCH ART NOUVEAU BUMBLE BEE FIGURAL BROOCH: Ca. early 1900’s, carved horn
Art noveau bat chandelier. Austria, 1900.
Close ups of stain glass window detail at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka.
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