Elephant Matters

Month: August 2016

Charcoal Burning

Charcoal Burning in the Mara

Charcoal burning around the Transmara area in Narok County in Africa has become a major threat to elephants and other keystone species because of the massive loss of habitat. The Nyakweri Forest in Narok County is the main affected area in the region by charcoal burning. This forest is a crucial rangeland for elephants. It not only provides key corridors for elephants to move between the Mara and Serengeti, but also is used as a breeding ground for them. Locals who own land in the fertile fo… Continue reading.
Feisal Mohamed Ali in court in Mombasa, Kenya, during his trial for ivory trafficking. Photograph: WildlifeDirect

Landmark Ruling in Ivory Trafficking Case

On July 23 a Kenyan accused of ivory trafficking and caught with over 2 tons of elephant tusks in 2014 has been sentenced to 20 years in jail and a $200,000 fine. Feisal Mohamed Ali was the subject of the biggest ivory trafficking case in Kenya’s history and has provided a key test for the nation’s reformed wildlife laws.     “The guilty verdict is a strong message to all networks of poaching gangs, ivory smugglers, financiers, middlemen and shippers that Kenya will not wa… Continue reading.