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AN ELEPHANT-SIZED EVENT Medium
March 31, 2017

Today is a big day. No, it's a huge day. From what we understand 67 Chinese ivory trading outlets (including some factories) will be permanently closing their doors by the end of it. At the start of the year the conservation world celebrated China's

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THE HAPPIEST NEW YEAR FOR THE ELEPHANT (& A B.F.D.) Medium
January 1, 2017

As many of you now know, China announced on Friday that it was banning all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017. With an estimated 70% of (illegal) ivory sold in China, this means that the world’s largest ivory market will be shut down. To

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DO WE WANT ANOTHER ELEPHANT MASSACRE? Medium
September 24, 2016

More than 100,000 elephants dead, and countless human lives lost. It’s been a long and bloody journey into a tunnel of darkness, but there is finally, POTENTIALLY, some light at the end of it. A recent Africa-wide survey showed expected

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A VERY GOOD DAY FOR ELEPHANTS Medium
June 3, 2016

Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the completion of a rulemaking process that will institute a near-total ban on the domestic trade of African elephant ivory in the USA.

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HONG KONG FINALLY PHASING OUT IVORY Medium
January 17, 2016

Conservationists around the globe are celebrating  monumental news from Hong Kong , which announced last week that it will work to phase out local ivory sales.  While it’s been illegal to import or export ivory

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A POSITIVE STEP FOR THE FUTURE OF THE AFRICAN LION Medium
December 20, 2015

It’s bittersweet that it has come to this: the great African lion is now officially an endangered species. But with that comes good news: after an almost five-year battle, when conservationists first petitioned to have the African

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ANOTHER WIN FOR AFRICA'S ELEPHANTS Medium
October 8, 2015

Some exciting news from the USA this week: California has become the third state, joining New York and New Jersey, to ban the trade of ivory within in the state. California's new law bans all sale, offer for sale, possession with intent to sell,

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THE NEWS WE’VE ALL BEEN HOPING FOR? Medium
September 25, 2015

  Over the last few years, more than 100,000 elephant lives have been lost. It’s been overwhelming, and at times felt hopeless. But on Friday, something happened that could change everything in the fight to save Africa’s

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CRUSHING MORE THAN JUST IVORY Medium
June 21, 2015

On Friday, Big Life partner US Fish & Wildlife Service , and other government departments, crushed one ton of seized ivory in New York’s Times Square. While destruction ceremonies, like this one, contribute to removing illegal

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CHINA PROMISES TO PHASE OUT IVORY INDUSTRY Medium
June 7, 2015

Almost to the day of the 1-year anniversary of the death of Satao, one of Kenya’s remaining Big Tuskers poached for his ivory, and on the heels of news that Mozambique and Tanzania are sustaining huge elephant losses (their elephant populations

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A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE BLOODY TUNNEL? Medium
March 15, 2015

Once in a while everyone has one of those weeks you wish would just end, and we are in one...

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IVORY STOCKPILE DESTRUCTION IN HONG KONG - CHAPTER ONE Medium
May 20, 2014

The destruction of ivory stockpiles around the world is gathering momentum, and this week was one of the most significant - the first batch of 29 tonnes of confiscated ivory being destroyed in one of the ground zeroes for the sale of ivory, Hong Kong...

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