Going undercover, this powerful report exposes the devastation wrought by Africa's rampant ivory trade. Fuelled by China's voracious appetite, it could lead to the extinction of elephants within 20 years.

"It's absolutely a war. It's an untold war", says the ranger Sean Willmore who's fighting back in the global battle against illegal ivory poaching. In an outdoor cafe in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar Es Salaam, dirty deals are being brokered daily by black-market ivory traders. In the past tree years the country has lost forty per cent of its elephants. Fuelled mainly by China's burgeoning, cash-rich middle class, demand is spiralling out of control. "In the last five years the demand for ivory has just exploded. It's well organised. Syndicates with billions of dollars. It's just like cocaine and heroin", says Pratik Patel, a conservationist and safari leader. Both Kenya and Tanzania have vowed to stamp out poaching but the potential profits are corrupting both politics and law enforcement. "There's an element of corrupt individuals in the government who are also involved with these people", says Pratik, who's been targeted alongside his family. For those on the frontline of animal preservation, time is fast running out to save the herds.

ABC Australia


 

Share this page...
Become a Fan of Inspiration Green

 

 

 

Additional Posts
Showing 1 - 20 of 645 Articles
< Previous 123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233 Next >
Stand For Trees
 
Stand For Trees. Dear Future Generations: Sorry - Prince Ea.
Tiny Fish Endure
 
Tiny Fish Endure Big Collapses—How We Can Help?
Sea Otters vs. Urchins
 
Sea Otters vs. Urchins in Canada's Kelp Forests.
Where did the oil go?
 
NRDC Where did the oil go?
Sperm Whale
 
2000 feet down.
How a Grain of Sand
 
How a grain of sand rewrote our ocean's history Andrew Wheeler. TEDxDublin.
Rebuilding Eco-Infrastructure
 
Rebuilding eco-infrastructure: Kate Orff at TEDxGowanus
Floating Cities
 
Top 10 trends towards floating cities.
Dance of the Honey Bee
 
Dance of the Honey Bee. Narrated by Bill McKibben
Rachel Carson Award
 
Kaiulani Lee 2014 Rachel Carson Award Honoree.
Nesting Seabirds
 
Patagonian Seabirds
Benefits of Being Outside
 
The Health Benefits of Going Outside
Where's the Milky Way?
 
What Happened to the Milky Way?
Treadmill Bike
 
LOPIFIT a new Walking Bike invention.
Chile Zoo
 
Chile zoo turns tables on visitors and puts them in cage.
Water Carbon Water
 
How restoring the water cycle can have a moderating effect on climate.
Kill the K-Cup
 
Kill the K-Cup Video Spoof
Battle to Save Rainforests
 
Five ideas about what we should do next.
The Last Pristine Continent
 
Robert Swan has explored both poles, and wants to make sure that Antarctica, the world's last great wilderness, is never exploited.
Senator Elizabeth Warren
 
Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Keystone XL Pipeline
 
Showing 1 - 20 of 645 Articles
< Previous 123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233 Next >