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The ABC’s of Elephant DNA

Stephanie Schuttler collecting a small piece of forest elephant dung to be used for DNA extraction.

My previous blogs have brought up how difficult forest elephants are to see, and therefore study. Much of the research on forest elephants has actually been on their dung to obtain information about the elephant.

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The Magic of the Elephants

Elephant close up. Photo by Bill Gordon

I am amazed at how many people still turn their heads to the poaching crisis. Why should we care if elephants fall of the face of the earth? Just one more species bound for extinction...that's life. Survival of the fittest, right? Wrong!

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The Chinese Government Can Stop the Ivory Market

Elephants in Amboseli. Photo by Billy Dodson

When I heard about the news that China for the first time crushed 6.1 tons of ivory in public, I was just back from three months' field investigative reporting in Africa on Chinese involvement in wildlife trafficking—essentially focused on ivory and rhino horns. I was glad to see tangible action being taken in addition to general embassy announcements stating "Chinese always care about environment and wildlife." Finally, I feel that, we have something solid to show to the world. However, I also deeply understand that this big crush is not enough.

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Hope in a Poaching Crisis

Elephants with trunks intertwined. Photo: Barbara von Hoffman

In the 1970s and 1980s, there was a terrible epidemic of poaching in Africa. That’s when AWF did our “Only Elephants Should Wear Ivory” campaign, and we found a way to slam the brakes on this poaching.

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The Little Ones

Elephant Qunquat photographed by Nick Brandt-Big Life Foundation

“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man...”

-Mahatma Gandhi

The above picture was taken by wildlife photographer Nick Brandt (Big Life Foundation), who, one year ago, photographed this elephant just 24 hours before she was brutally slaughtered by gun toting poachers for her ivory.

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