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July 19, 2016
Press ReleaseTuesday 19 July 2016 10.30am East African TimeVietnam is now one of the world’s biggest illegal ivory markets. The number of items seen for sale had risen by over six times from 2008 to 2015, according to a survey report released today by Save the Elephants.No other country is known to be as active in both illegal imports of new raw tusks and illegal exports of the final ivory products. In total, 242 ...

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March 10, 2016
A Lone Bull from Kenya Braves Somalia for the First Time in 20 Years
Save the Elephants, Kenya WIldlife Service & Northern Rangelands Trust


An elephant from Kenya has been tracked crossing the border into Somalia, providing the first confirmation in over twenty years that elephants continue to survive in the war-torn African nation.On 16th February, Morgan, an impressive bull elephant in his mid-30s, began an extraordinary 220 km journey. Since being fitted with a GPS tracking collar in December he’d remained in the same area, but at dusk that night he began moving with ...

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December 7, 2015
The price of illegal raw ivory in China has almost halved over the past 18 months, according to new research to be published by Save the Elephants. The news gives cautious hope that the unsustainable killing of Africa’s elephants – driven by demand for their tusks – may eventually be reduced across their range.The value of raw ivory in Beijing had tripled in the four years up to 2014, reaching an average wholesale price of USD 2,100 per kilo, but by November 2015 this had dropped...

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September 15, 2015
PRESS RELEASETuesday 15th September 11.00 GMTPeople living anywhere in the world are now able to explore the East African savannah without leaving home. Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve has just opened to online visitors using Street View in Google Maps. Through Google’s partnership with Save the Elephants anyone can now take a safari through the reserve, meet the wildlife and learn about elephants.Google’s latest 360-degree imagery collection ...

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July 16, 2015
Press Release Linked Nairobi-Hong Kong Press Conference 16th July 2015Hong Kong, 3pm HKT, WWF Central OfficeNairobi, 11am EAT, Serena Hotel Hong Kong’s ivory trade is creating a significant loophole in international efforts to end the killing of elephants in Africa, according to a new survey published today by Save the Elephants. Ivory prices have more than doubled in four years, partly driven by record numbers of mainland Chinese coming to the territory. Hong ...

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March 3, 2015
New surveys show public support in China for stronger action to end ivory and rhino horn trade SAN FRANCISCO (March 3, 2015) — Chinese consumer awareness of the ivory and rhino horn trade’s devastating impact on African wildlife has grown rapidly over the past two years, the result of major public awareness campaigns by wildlife organizations and state media, according to two new reports from WildAid, the African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants as part of...

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December 9, 2014
Press Release The illegal ivory trade is exploding in China, overwhelming efforts to enforce the law, according to the results of the first detailed research on the markets of Beijing and Shanghai since 2002, published today by Save the Elephants and The Aspinall Foundation. Skyrocketing demand for ivory in China – the wholesale price of raw elephant tusks has tripled in just four years since 2010 – have sparked a booming trade in smuggled ivory that is ...

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September 10, 2014
Elizabeth Quat wants Hong Kong to give up ivory trade Isiolo, Kenya (September 9, 2014) – Hong Kong lawmaker Dr. Hon Elizabeth Quat JP has come to Kenya to help build bridges between China and Africa as part of her campaign to stop the buying of ivory and end the killing of elephants. The trip was organized in partnership with WildAid, Save the Elephants, the African Wildlife Foundation, the Northern Rangelands Trust and Stop Ivory.  Africa is in...

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August 18, 2014
New research has revealed that an estimated 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012. An average of 33,630 elephants per annum are calculated to have been lost over those three years, with preliminary data indicating unsustainable levels continued in 2013. The number of elephants remaining in Africa is uncertain, but these losses are driving declines in the world's wild African elephants on the order of 2-3% a year. This study provides the first ...

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August 7, 2014
A UK-led seven-person rowing crew has today broken two world records for the fastest-ever crossing of the Indian Ocean in a rowing boat. The Rossiter’s Avalon also achieved the longest rowing record having arrived in the Seychelles at 14:58 GMT (18:58 local time) on August 7.  The rowers set out from Geraldton, Australia on June 11 and have covered over 4,200 miles to the Seychelles in just 57 days despite knockdowns in massive seas and the loss of crucial ...

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July 2, 2014
PRESS RELEASE PRICE OF IVORY IN CHINA TRIPLES IN FOUR YEARS, WITH GRAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR ELEPHANTS IN AFRICA New research funded by Save the Elephants has revealed that the price of ivory in China, the world’s biggest market, has almost tripled over the last four years. In May 2014 long-time ivory researchers Esmond Martin & Lucy Vigne conducted a month-long survey of hundreds of Chinese retail outlets and factories in Beijing and Shanghai and contrasted their ...

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June 23, 2014
CITES welcomes the world’s environment ministers adding their voice to the concerted global efforts underway to combat illegal wildlife trade at the first UN Environment Assembly to be held in Nairobi this week. Over the past three years illegal wildlife trade has been rising to the top of the international agenda. From the UN Security Council to the World Heritage Committee, there is recognition at the highest political levels of the economic, social, environmental and security ...

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June 19, 2014
Kenya’s last remaining Great Tuskers received a boost as Save the Elephants presented the Kenya Wildlife Service with a new Toyota Landcruiser vehicle modified and equipped as an anti poaching vehicle dedicated to their defence. Less than a hundred of these impressive elephants are thought to survive in Africa today. Defined by their vast tusks (a Great Tusker is one whose ivory weighs more than 100 lbs or 45 kgs a side), these iconic animals are ...

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May 30, 2014
PRESS RELEASE  The viral spread of smartphones has jumped a species. African elephants are now also benefitting, thanks to new software algorithms developed by researchers and conservationists. A study published today in the journal Ecological Applications by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Colorado State University, U.S.A. and Save the Elephants, Kenya reports on the use of advanced technology to ...

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May 13, 2014
Third Hong Kong Retailer Drops Ivory
WildAid, Save the Elephants, AWF


PRESS RELEASE HONG KONG, May 13, 2014 - Hong Kong’s Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium Ltd announced that it is no longer selling ivory products according to a memo obtained by WildAid. The statement follows similar announcements from fellow retailers Chinese Arts & Crafts (H.K.) Ltd (CAC) and Wing On Department Store earlier this year. Prior to these announcements CAC, Wing On, and Yue Hwa were Hong Kong’s largest retailers of elephant ivory. According...

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