elephants

wildlife crime

DNA Forensics Is Helping Authorities to Catch Elephant Ivory Cartels

Scientists have created a novel DNA mapping tool that has exposed the secretive web of ivory trafficking in Africa.
Sarah Emerson
9.19.18
humans of the year

Faye Cuevas Is Protecting Elephants Using Counterterrorism Techniques

Approaching the problem from a military standpoint made sense for Cuevas.
Kaleigh Rogers
3.2.17
africa

As Elephant Populations Drop, We Learn Even Their Footsteps Serve a Purpose

Some sobering figures cast new discoveries in a different light.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.1.16
Kenya

Most Wanted Kenyan Ivory Dealer Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

The historic trial was plagued by countless setbacks.
Louise Matsakis
7.23.16
war

How Anti-Terrorism Tactics Are Being Used to Fight Elephant Poaching

Lieutenant Colonel Faye Cuevas is using her 19 years of intelligence service to help protect elephants.
Kaleigh Rogers
7.13.16
video

The Humane Society Took Secret Video at a Trophy Hunting Convention in Vegas

It gives a raw look at the industry without the veneer of protecting animals.
Kaleigh Rogers
6.30.16
Thailand

Meet the Man Making Giant Prosthetics for Elephants

Therdchai Jivacate usually makes prosthetics for smaller creatures, but when he saw 200 kg elephant with a missing leg, he knew he had to help.
Emiko Jozuka
6.17.16
crime

Can the US Ivory Ban Actually Stop Poaching?

The US has enacted a near-total ban of ivory as elephant face increasing poaching threats.
Kaleigh Rogers
6.2.16
Art

Do Auctions Have a Poached Ivory Problem?

An antiques dealer pleading guilty to trafficking poached wildlife has reignited a debate.
Kaleigh Rogers
3.11.16
ANIMALS

How Do You Save an Elephant’s Tusk? Ask a Materials Engineer

Bulwagi, a 35-year-old male African elephant that lives at Birmingham Zoo, came pretty close to losing his tusk after a deep crack appeared in the ivory. But advanced composites saved the day.
John R. Platt
1.28.16
video

Arnold Schwarzenegger Blew Up an Elephant Tusk

But he had a very good reason.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.13.15
earth

Poachers Are Using Cyanide to Slaughter Entire Elephant Herds

Why cyanide is a poacher's perfect weapon—and a conservationist's nightmare.
Melissa Cronin
10.15.15
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