Elephant Matters

Month: September 2016

Large Herd of Eles

Why Spatial Planning Is Essential

There is literally a War of Space occurring in the Mara as the Mays Entertainment short film suggests. Mara Elephant Project, WWF, Narok County government and conservancies in Kenya all agree that space is limited and essential to both elephant and human well being, and therefore, at a premium. On one side is the wild animals that need vast amounts of space to roam, especially keystone species like elephants. These animals will roam large amounts of land to carve out territories to find food… Continue reading.

The Fight Over The Ivory Ban

September 23 to October 5 in South Africa parties from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will meet, as they do every three years, to discuss which wildlife species get protection. This year’s meeting is rife with conflict over the international ivory ban that was put in place in the mid-1980s. Three African countries, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe don’t want to see the ivory burned but rather sold. In April, Kenya burned over… Continue reading.