Issue of the Week: The Militarization of Poaching

Rhino poaching in South Africa is at record levels. Countries, such as Tanzania and Mozambique, have seen dramatic drops in their elephant populations. Demand for ivory and rhino horn largely comes from Asia, where owning an ivory carving is a status symbol and rhino horn is a wonder drug. Countless articles tell of the stark …

New Partnership Boosts Anti-poaching Efforts In Africa

SCI Foundation and Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (H.O.P.E.) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join forces in support of anti-poaching, anti-wildlife trafficking, wildlife conservation and humanitarian efforts in Africa. This new partnership will promote the concept of sustainable use in conservation and facilitate effective solutions to end the plight of poaching. Both 501(c)(3) nonprofit charities …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Upholds Suspension on Elephant Imports

On July 23, 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) chose to uphold their ruling and continued the suspension on elephant imports from Zimbabwe. The authorization of imports requires the FWS to assess whether the take of the animal contributes to the overall enhancement of the species. In their finding, FWS states that proper …

Fencing: Helpful or Harmful?

Fencing places physical barriers, usually wire, across large areas to keep animals in and “nuisance” animals out.  A number of protected areas in Africa are partially or completely fenced, and communities are evaluating the potential benefits. The basic logic of fencing sounds ideal, but many conservationists differ in their range of support. Over the past …