Sunday, July 26, 2015

China Drives the End of the Game in Tanzania


Tanzania had lost two-thirds of its elephants in just four years, as demand from China for their ivory tusks has sent an organised army of criminal poachers into its game reserves.

Howard Frederick, who did the Tanzania elephant census in 2013 and 2014, told The Telegraph: “I had never seen anything like that – there were carcasses everywhere, whole family groups on their sides, between three and seven animals, wiped out.”


3 comments:

jeffrey thurston said...

Rhino horn, elephant tusk, tiger bones, shark fins, bear gall, etc. etc. All substances in some way connected to making more of the little bastards...

jeff hays said...

Ironic that the best protection for elephant and rhino is trophy hunting,something I always badmouthed over the years,but has proven to be the best protection so far.
The trophy programs cull the largest,oldest animals and provide much local income ( and meat ) to the inhabitants, who then help turn in or stop poaching because they have a monetary interest in a healthy herd. SAD,but it's the only long term fix that does cut down on poachers.

Mary Pang said...

After the outcry over Cecil the lion, trophy hunting may not be the answer either.