On December 30, 2016 it was announced by China’s State Council that commercial processing and ivory sales will end March 31, 2017. The registered ivory traders will then be phased out with a full halt of all sales of ivory by the end of 2017.
Source: BBC News and Serengeti Watch
Serengeti Watch reports that three years ago, Microsoft founder, Paul Allen, embarked on an epic $7 million study to find out how many elephants remain, where they are and what changes have taken place. The results are in. During the past seven years, 30% of Africa’s elephants have disappeared. 60% were lost in Tanzania in five years! At this rate, half the continent’s remaining elephants will be gone in just nine years. We can’t let this happen! Learn more.
Sixteen elephants were slaughtered by poachers in the northern regions of Mali in January. The Mali elephants have recently changed their migration route and are now staying close to communities who support their wellbeing. Evidence supports the fact that the elephants do know where they are safe. Two children, Abby and Theo have raised nearly $10,000 to assist the elephants and offer this good advice: 1. Complaining is not productive. 2. Relationships are at the root of the problem and the solution. And, 3. You’ve got friends: use them. The Mali Elephant Program is a project of the WILD Foundation.
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