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The elephant poaching crisis rages on—and African elephants are unlikely to sustain this rate of slaughter. Today, it is estimated that there are between 434,000 and 684,000 African elephants, although the real figure may be lower. In the case of the Asian elephant, the situation is much worse, with approximately 30,000 remaining. (Again, this is an estimate, and the true figure could be significantly lower.) On August 27, Born Free USA and data analysts at C4ADS released a new groundbreaking report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, which focuses on the ivory supply chain and the trafficking of ivory from the bush in Africa to retail markets in Asia. If we can close down the transit routes that bring ivory to East Asian markets, we can save the elephants. Born Free USA will utilize this cutting-edge report to ensure the protection of African elephants for generations to come.
On Monday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill (S.B. 3049) that will protect three magnificent Illinois species: the gray wolf, the American black bear, and the cougar. This bill adds these imperiled species to the list of protected species under the Illinois Wildlife Act. Thank the Governor for his compassionate action!
Purpose: This bill would amend the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to prohibit the use or possession of body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources on 11/15/13.
Groundbreaking Report Commissioned by Born Free USA Uncovers Ivory Supply Chain from Poached African Elephants to Markets in Asia
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Born Free USA and C4ADS released a groundbreaking report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, which focuses on the ivory supply chain and the trafficking of ivory from the bush in Africa to retail markets tens of thousands of miles away in Asia. This information comes four months after the groups’ shocking report, Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa, which detailed the poaching crisis and its links to violent militias, organized crime, and government corruption. View the full report at www.bornfreeusa.org/OutOfAfrica.
Douglas the hippo was just two weeks old when he was found abandoned and close to death in Zambia in May 2013. Now, more than a year later, he has joined a pod of wild hippo in the South Luangwa River, close to the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust (CWET) where he has grown up. Will Travers, President of the Born Free Foundation, which supports CWET, said of the rescue mission: "I’m so pleased to be able to say ‘mission accomplished’ for Douglas."
Link: Daily Mail