24 Sep '12, 12pm

Around One Park, a Fight to Blunt the Great Elephant Slaughter

The only way to blunt losses is to cut demand.* It’s unlikely that we would ever even have needed to start Big Life had it not been for the explosion in demand for ivory and other animal parts from China and the Far East. Do I feel like we’re fighting a losing war? At least here in the Amboseli ecosystem, currently, no I do not. The poaching here in 2010 before we established such a significant presence was way worse than what it is now. This is thanks to the 250 rangers we now have on the ground across the trans-border ecosystem. For example, an elephant was shot and killed last week, but due to informer information, we know who the killer is and our rangers are in pursuit of him. However, we are lucky, in a manner of speaking, that so far, due to our geographic location, we have not been subjected to raiding gangs of heavily armed military rebel groups like being experie...

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