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20 Sep

TOWARDS FREEDOM THE SANBI EXPRESSION OF INTEREST NZG15052023/1

The EMS Foundation and Shambala have generously offered to fund the expertise required to guide and prepare Charlie for his evacuation from the National Zoo in Pretoria. They are on standby to begin the process of building him a state of the art release and rehabilitation boma. He will receive the best possible care and expert support for the remainder of his natural life. They are immensely grateful to all the many experts who have committed their expertise and experience to assisting Charlie.

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18 Jul

TOWARDS FREEDOM ELEPHANT CHARLIE’S RETIREMENT AND EVACUATION FROM THE NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS IN PRETORIA

The EMS Foundation and Shambala Private Game Reserve have offered to relieve SANBI, the South African government and the hard pressed South African tax payer from any further financial obligation towards Charlie’s care. Charlie has been offered the very best possible chance at rehabilitation, to live in a natural protected system and the opportunity of meeting, living and integrating with other elephants, some of whom have been successfully rewilded from a captive situation, if he so chooses.

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10 Mar

WHERE ARE THE NAMIBIAN ELEPHANTS?

The EMS Foundation was reliably informed that wild caught Namibian elephants, part of a commercial transaction were transported from a temporary holding facility in Gobabis in Namibia loaded onto a Fly Pro Moldovan Cargo charter flight and flown to the UAE in March 2022. Some of these elephants were sold to Al Ain Zoo but have never been seen since.

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6 Mar

CHARLIE EXPERT BEHAVIOURAL AND MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS COMPLETED

The Members of the Pro Elephant Network (PREN) and the EMS Foundation have submitted Expert Assessment Reports of Charlie, the solitary Elephant at the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria, to the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy.

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17 Jan

SUBMISSION TO THE UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES ON THE PROPOSED REVISION TO THE RULE FOR THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT

We are grateful to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the opportunity to submit comments to the proposed revision of the rule for the African elephant promulgated under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as headed to increase the protection for African elephants.

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29 Jul

SANBI ANNOUNCES THE DECISION TO RETIRE CHARLIE THE ELEPHANT FROM THE PRETORIA NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN

the-pretoria-national-zoological-garden/ The EMS Foundation commends the ground breaking and forward thinking decision reached by SANBI and Minister Barbara Creecy with regard to Charlie. We will continue to offer our unwavering support as we continue our nineteen month transparent process with SANBI to establish the best possible future for Charlie with the support of the elephants experts from the Pro Elephant Network.

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20 Jun

COURT APPROACHED TO RELEASE THREE ELEPHANTS FROM THE JOHANNESBURG ZOO

On Monday 20th June 2022, an application to the High Court of South Africa in the Gauteng Division, Pretoria, was lodged to release three Elephants known as Lammie, Mopane and Ramadiba from the Johannesburg Zoo. These Elephants are currently being held in conditions unsuited to their basic needs.

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20 Jun

EMS FOUNDATION TOWARDS FREEDOM PROJECT

On Monday 20th June 2022 an application to the High Court of South Africa in the Gauteng Division, Pretoria, was lodged to release three Elephants known as Lammie, Mopane and Ramadiba from the Johannesburg Zoo. The application is brought by Animal Law Reform South Africa (ALRSA), the EMS Foundation and Chief Stephen Fritz, represented by environmental law firm, Cullinan and Associates, against the Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), and other governmental respondents involved with the Zoo.

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20 May

ONE HAND CLAPPING AT THE 2022 ZIMBABWEAN AFRICAN ELEPHANT SUMMIT

On the 17th of May 2022 Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu said that that Zimbabwe is prepared to operate outside CITES regulations because “All possibilities of us selling our excess live elephants to those who want to populate their areas have been cut under CITES. They have introduced an amendment to the current CITES provisions which says we can only sell to the African countries most of whom have these elephants in abundance.”

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7 Apr

CHARLIE THE ELEPHANT HELD IN CAPTIVITY IN THE NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS

This statement details the timeline of the critical engagement process initiated by members of the Pro Elephant Network (PREN) and representatives of the EMS Foundation with Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry Fisheries and the Environment in South Africa. 

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26 Mar

DEVELOPING WELFARE PARAMETERS FOR AFRICAN ELEPHANTS IN FENCED RESERVES IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa has many fenced reserves harbouring small to medium populations of African elephants most of whom have been translocated. Elephants on fenced reserves may be exposed to various management interventions and practices such as translocations, hunting, darting, high tourism impact, contraception programs and disruption due to infrastructure maintenance.

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22 Mar

OBJECTION TO THE ISSUING OF PERMITS FOR KEEPING, EXHIBITING AND TRANSPORT TO CAPTIVITY OF ELEPHANTS

Objection to the issuing of permits of keeping, exhibiting and transport permits for elephants by CapeNature to a life of captivity

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15 Mar

NAMIBIA’S LIVE TRADE IN AFRICAN ELEPHANTS CAPTURED FROM THE WILD

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5 Mar

NAMIBIAN WILD ELEPHANTS SENT INTO CAPTIVITY IN THE UAE: THE CITES TREATY – A PAPER TIGER AND AN ACTIVE ENABLER OF CRUELTY

A Legal Opinion obtained by the EMS Foundation, found that it would not be lawful for the Namibia CITES Management Authority to issue an export permit under either Appendix I or Appendix II of CITES, nor for a country outside of the range states for Loxodonta Africana to issue an import permit, particularly because Appendix II does not apply to the export and the available evidence indicates that exporting the Namibian wild caught elephants to an ex situ programme cannot meet the requirements of Article III for trade in Appendix I species, particularly the non-detriment criterion.

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13 Feb

THE EMS FOUNDATION URGES THE NAMIBIAN GOVERNMENT TO COME CLEAN ABOUT THE CAPTURE, ISOLATION AND SALE OF WILD ELEPHANTS

The EMS Foundation obtained a Legal Opinion which stated that it would not be lawful for the Namibian CITES Management Authority to issue an export permit under either Appendix I or Appendix II of CITES and that, similarly, it would not be lawful for a country outside of the range states for Loxodonta Africana to issue an import permit. 

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2 Dec

DINOKENG GAME RESERVE PLANS TO KILL A MATRIARCH

THE EMS FOUNDATION INFORMATION STATEMENT BACKGROUND Dinokeng Game Reserve is a 21000 hectare wildlife reserve in the Gauteng province, South Africa. It was officially opened on the 22nd September 2011 by the Gauteng Provincial Government to promote ecotourism and job creation involving more than 170 landowners. The government owns 4000 hectares of the reserve.  Dinokeng is situated one hour from […]

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9 Nov

EMS FOUNDATION COMMENTARY ON THE PROPOSED 2021 ELEPHANT TUSK HUNTING QUOTA

In the Draft Quota itself the proposed quota for elephant is set out in a single sentence: “The annual elephant export quota for 2021 is maintained at 300 tusks from 150 animals.” It does not set any criteria for how or from which animals the proposed tusks should be harvested. As with leopard and rhino, there is absolutely no reason given for setting the quota at this level for 2021. It is therefore virtually impossible to make any meaningful comment on the proposal.

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12 Aug

WORLD ELEPHANT DAY 2021

Elephants Killed for Trophies in the Kruger National Park System, South Africa The EMS Foundation has confirmed, via an access to information request to the Limpopo government (LEDET), that in 2020 four male elephants were killed for trophies in an open system with the Kruger National Park – the Balule Reserve. In addition, in 2020, […]

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6 Feb

THE EMS FOUNDATION BID TO SAVE ELEPHANTS FROM HUNT IN BOTSWANA

Please read our request to the Director of Wildlife and National Parks in Botswana for a revision of the qualifying criteria to enable us to bid on the hunting packages on the 7th February 2020 with the express intention that the elephants in these packages are not hunted should our bids be successful.

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16 Oct

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pressure Mounts on Governments to Stop Baby Elephant Imports

A letter has been delivered by hand to the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, urging the Chinese president to halt the reportedly imminent import of 33 captive elephants from Zimbabwe to undisclosed captive facilities in China (word on the ground estimates that the transport will occur today or tomorrow). The letter is penned by a group of thirty-five global specialists in elephant biology, husbandry, elephant management, legal and policy analysis, economics and conservation, most of whom are based in Africa.

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16 Oct

Urgent Letter Regarding Import of Elephants to Pakistan from Africa

Namibian environment ministry confirmed on the 1st November 2019 that there was no longer any application under consideration to export elephants to Pakistan. A group of 35 global specialists in elephant biology, husbandry, elephant management, legal and policy analysis, economics and conservation, most of whom are based in Africa expressed their concerns to both the Namibian and Pakistan governments. The EMS Foundation said in its letter that globally public sentiment was running against the keeping of this iconic African species in captivity.

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16 Oct

Urgent Letter Re Proposed Export of Elephants from Namibia to Pakistan

Removing baby elephants from their families is increasingly recognised as an ethically and ecologically unacceptable practice. It is universally recognized that elephants are wide-ranging, vastly intelligent, sentient beings with a highly organised social structure including strong family bonds that can last a lifetime. Elephants also have basic needs for stimulating ecological and social environments, and for the freedom to exercise choice over their foraging options and companions. These needs cannot be met under captive conditions and elephants so deprived inevitably suffer from physical and mental pathologies.

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15 Oct

Presentation: Chief Stephen Fritz

EMS Foundation held an elephant conference in Hermanus, global elephant experts attended to discuss African elephants in captivity in zoos around the world. Chief Stephen Fritz a community leader opened the conference explaining the important of the elephant in the Khoisan culture.

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15 Oct

Presentation: Dr Gay Bradshaw

Dr Gay Bradshaw holds doctorate degrees in both ecology and psychology She holds a Master's in geophysics Her research expertise focuses on the sources and healing of human-caused violence to Animals. She was first to diagnose Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in free living Elephants and Chimpanzees.

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15 Oct

Presentation: Jim Karani

Jim Karani is Africa’s first Animal lawyer and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He speaks about policy contexts including trade in Elephants and the CITES “acceptable destinations”.

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15 Oct

Presentation: Dr Joyce Poole

Dr Joyce Poole is the Co-director of ElephantVoices. Joyce is an elephant ethologist/ecologist, and conservation biologist and is a world authority on elephant reproductive, communicative and cognitive behaviour. She speaks about who elephants are and why they are not suited to captivity.

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15 Oct

Presentation: Kahindi Lekalhaile

Kahindi Lekalhaile is the Chief Operations Director at the Africa Network for Animal Welfare. He presented at the EMS Foundation global elephant conference held in Hermanus called: Taking Elephants Out of the Room. He spoke about animal welfare considerations for decision makers on keeping elephants in captivity.

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15 Oct

Presentation: Prof. David Bilchitz

Professor David Bilchitz is a Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law at the University of Johannesburg. Professor Bilchitz presented at the EMS Foundation elephant indaba, Taking Elephants Out of the Room, held in Hermanus in South Africa. He is Director of the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC)  He spoke about the policy framework of “Sustainable Use” in relation to animal welfare and elephants in South Africa.

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10 Oct

Indaba of Experts Concludes that Elephants Should Not be in Captivity

On 6 September 2019, the EMS Foundation, convened an international Indaba and Panel Discussion with national and international elephant behavioural specialists in Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa, to discuss the issue of elephants in captivity and to develop a framework as well as policy guidelines for dealing with elephants in captivity.

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10 Sep

Elephants in Captivity Under the Spotlight: Taking Elephants out of the Room

ln Hermanus on 6 September, at the Municipal Auditorium, elephant specialists from around Africa and the world participated in a conference, Taking Elephants out of the Room, to begin the process of dealing with issues of their captivity, welfare and the ethics of confining these sentient creatures. The aim was to create a framework within which to assess the ‘imprisonment’ of captive elephants and to set standards for their ethical treatment.

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9 Sep

Presentation: Audrey Delsink

TAKING ELEPHANTS OUT OF THE ROOM EMS FOUNDATION ELEPHANT INDABA Taking Elephants out of the Room, September 2019 Image Credit: https://www.iol.co.za/ios/news/problem-planning-not-problem-elephants-23b719ac-507e-4848-8097-13a9d89278d0 © Copyright EMS Foundation 2019. All rights reserved.

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9 Sep

Presentation: Marion E. Garaï

TAKING ELEPHANTS OUT OF THE ROOM EMS FOUNDATION ELEPHANT INDABA Taking Elephants out of the Room, September 2019 Image Credit: https://rss.com/podcasts/allaboutanimals/554892/ © Copyright EMS Foundation 2019. All rights reserved.

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9 Sep

Presentation: Yolanda Pretorius

TAKING ELEPHANTS OUT OF THE ROOM THE EMS FOUNDATION ELEPHANT INDABA Taking Elephants out of the Room, September 2019 Image Credit: https://www.up.ac.za/research-matters/news/post_2993274-learning-from-the-intelligence-and-emotion-of-elephants © Copyright EMS Foundation 2019. All rights reserved.

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9 Sep

Presentation: Lynne James

TAKING ELEPHANTS OUT OF THE ROOM THE EMS FOUNDATION ELEPHANT INDABA SPCA Zimbabwe Lynne James is the Chair of the Mutare SPCA in Zimbabwe. She speaks about the capture of Zimbabwe’s elephants

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9 Sep

Presentation: Antoinette van de Water

TAKING THE ELEPHANT OUT OF THE ROOM THE EMS FOUNDATION ELEPHANT INDABA Taking Elephants out of the Room, September 2019 © Copyright EMS Foundation 2019. All rights reserved.

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9 Sep

Presentation: Keith Lindsey

TAKING THE ELEPHANTS OUT OF THE ROOM THE EMS FOUNDATION ELEPHANT INDABA Taking Elephants out of the Room, September 2019 © Copyright EMS Foundation 2019. All rights reserved.

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9 Sep

Presentation: Lenin Tinashe Chisaira

TAKING THE ELEPHANT OUT OF THE ROOM THE EMS FOUNDATION ELEPHANT INDABA Taking Elephants out of the Room, September 2019 © Copyright EMS Foundation 2019. All rights reserved.

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26 Aug

It’s not a Numbers Game

The shooting of elephants is often defended on the grounds that it provides conservation benefits that could not otherwise be achieved. For instance, not all conservation areas are amenable to photographic tourism, which means that they require other sources of funding to prevent the conversion of that wilderness landscape to agriculture whether that be through culling or trophy hunting. This argument is likely reflective of a false dichotomy, but that is not the subject of this article. Another argument typically offered in favour of culling elephants  is that elephants destroy large trees, which has negative cascading ecological effects. The natural order of vegetation is ostensibly upended, and other species suffer as a result.

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26 Aug

Access to Information Request Reveals that South Africa holds 77 tonnes of Stockpiled Ivory: This is Untenable

South Africa doesn’t make its ivory stockpile numbers publicly known, so in May 2019 the EMS Foundation submitted a request under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), no. 2 of 2000. In response, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) revealed that the national ivory stockpile held by government bodies is nearly 77 tonnes. The majority of this ivory is held by South Africa National Parks (SANParks), with the remainder split between other government bodies that manage ivory. Of the total tonnage, 50 tonnes are comprised of ‘management’ ivory, which includes ivory removed from ‘culled’ elephants, natural mortality or ‘damage causing animals’. A further 15.8 tonnes are confiscations, while 10.9 tonnes fall into the ‘unknown’ category. Private ivory stockpiles also feature a remarkable 8.9 tonnes, 7.3 of which are ‘management’, while 1.6 are of ‘unknown’ origin.

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20 Aug

Open Letter by Elephant Specialists, Re Captive Elephants and Import of Wild Elephants for Captivity

This letter, signed by 54 experts who "collectively are world-renowned authorities on elephant behaviour, sociality, welfare, care and conservation," was sent to US Fish and Wildlife today in opposition to any prospective imports of wild-caught elephants from Zimbabwe or, by extension, any nation.

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1 Apr

Response from Wildlife Animal Protection Forum South Africa

TROPHY HUNTING IN BOTSWANA Response from Wildlife Animal Protection Forum South Africa to Sub-Committee on Hunting Ban Social Dialogue Report and Recommendation Wildlife Animal Protection Forum South Africa is a coalition of twenty-six South African wildlife NGOs. We implore the government of Botswana not to implement the recommendations handed to the President on 21st February […]

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22 Feb

Response from Wildlife Animal Protection Forum South Africa to Sub-Committee on Hunting Ban Social Dialogue Report and Recommendation

Wildlife Animal Protection Forum South Africa is a coalition of twenty-six South African wildlife NGOs. We implore the government of Botswana not to implement the recommendations handed to the President on 21st February 2019. Image Credit: https://www.grahamsalessafaris.com/elephant-hunting-botswana/ © Copyright EMS Foundation 2019. All rights reserved.

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21 Feb

Comments on Draft Norms and Standards for the Management of Elephants in South Africa

Elephants are highly intelligent, sensitive and social creatures that have their own intrinsic worth, a worth that needs to be protected. They further have immeasurable value to our country, its people, our heritage and future generations. They have complex social systems and qualities beyond our understanding. There is various scientific research in this regard. The […]

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29 Jan

Free Lammie the Elephant from the Jo’burg Zoo: Elephant Behavioural Specialists Support our Call

Elephant Reintegration Trust, The EMS Foundation, and Humane Society International-Africa, submit an open letter to the City from the world’s most renowned elephant behavioural specialists and researchers in support of the Proposal to release the elephant named Lammie (#FreeLammie) at the Johannesburg Zoo to a rewilding facility. © Copyright EMS Foundation 2019. All rights reserved. Image Credit: Ban […]

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10 Jul

Using African Honeybees as a Deterrent Method for African Elephant Impacts on Marula Trees in South Africa

Elephants Alive thanks the EMS Foundation for their generous funding which allowed for twenty-five new superior Beepak hives have now been hung in iconic Marula trees in Jejane Reserve

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19 Jun

Tiny Bees Buzz to the Rescue as Elephants Wreak Havoc

Read Full Report: https://dw.com/en/tiny-bees-buzz-to-the-rescue-as-elephants-wreak-havoc/a-44287843 Elephant numbers in South Africa’s Kruger National Park are rising — which is good news. But the prominent pachyderms are destroying habitat for other animals. Can the tiny bee provide a last line of defense? © Copyright EMS Foundation 2018. All rights reserved.

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30 Jan

Treatment of Animals at Rangunan Zoo

Asia for Animals Coalition letter to Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia regarding the treatment of animals at  Ragunan Zoo. © Copyright EMS Foundation 2018. All rights reserved.

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11 Jan

Letter to Zimbabwe President regarding the export of baby elephants to China: January 2018

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/24/africa/zimbabwe-elephant-trade-intl/index.html The EMS Foundation signed a letter to President Emmerson Mnangagwa urging him to immediately halt the further capture and export of young, wild elephants from Zimbabwe’s parks to captive facilities overseas. © Copyright EMS Foundation 2018. All rights reserved.

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10 Jun

Joint Letter to Eden Wildlife regarding the export five young live elephants from Namibia

On behalf of the undersigned conservation and animal welfare organizations representing hundreds of millions of people worldwide, we urge you to immediately and permanently halt plans to capture and export five young live elephants from your Namibia property, Eden Wildlife to Safari Park Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Read the full letter © 2017 EMS […]

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25 May

Namibia flouts elephant export laws

Namibia’s environmental authorities confirm that they have issued the necessary CITES (Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species) export permit for the sale of five wild elephant calves by Eden Game Farm in the Grootfontein district to a zoo in Dubai.

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30 Mar

NGO Letter to FC Barcelona – Appeal to Urge Rakuten Inc. to Cease All Elephant Ivory Product Sales

We are writing on behalf of our organizations, representing millions of citizens worldwide, to request your support in urging Rakuten Inc. to immediately cease the sale of elephant ivory products.In the midst of a global elephant poaching crisis, we urge you to call for the end of Rakuten’s role in the ivory trade, and to […]

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14 Mar

Bees, Trees and Elephants – Success!

Elephants are considered to cause unacceptable levels of damage to certain large trees in some conservation areas. This damage exacerbates human: elephant conflict, with some calling for elephants to be culled to reduce tree damage. In 2015 Elephants Alive embarked on a unique project to use bees to protect iconic trees from elephant damage within […]

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10 Nov

Letter to the Minister of Environment, Zimbabwe, regarding potential exports of live elephants from Zimbabwe to captive facilities

EXPORTS OF LIVE ELEPHANTS FROM ZIMBABWE TO CAPTIVE FACILITIES Letter from the Species Survival Network (SSN) to the Minister of Environment, Zimbabwe, regarding potential exports of live elephants from Zimbabwe to captive facilities. © 2016 EMS Foundation. All rights reserved.

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30 Sep

Objections and Comments on the Published Norms and Standards for the Management of Damage Causing Animals

As part of the public participation process for The Norms and Standards for the Management of Damage Causing Animals in South Africa, please find the following general comments and specific suggestions. Read the full document © 2016 EMS Foundation. All rights reserved.

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