A Song of Ivory and Fire: Why destruction of ivory stockpiles might not be a good idea

As Kenya prepares to destroy its entire wildlife products stockpile--an estimated 100 or more tons of elephant ivory, rhino horn and parts from other species--at the end of April, some are welcoming this move as a bold display of defiance against trafficking of wildlife products. Billionaires, Hollywood celebrities, and other well-meaning but misinformed individuals are …

China Pledges Cooperation on African Wildlife

Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping and delegates from 50 African nations met at the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. China made another step to stop poaching by pledging continued cooperation with Africa. FOCAC is a venue for China and Africa to discuss industry and development goals. China is Africa’s biggest …

Namibia Says No to Destroying Its Huge Ivory and Rhino Horn Stockpile

SCI Foundation has written a number of articles on poaching and specifically the crushing of ivory. Many differ on their opinions of having an ivory crush. The debate waivers on if it’s an effective awareness tool or a counterproductive practice that creates more harm than good. With poaching being such a heated issue, it often …

Could bio-engineered rhino horn be the solution to poaching?

Poaching is a global crisis. The decline in elephant populations has monopolized headlines, but elephants are not the only species threatened by poaching. Tigers, pangolin, apes, and rhino all suffer because their parts bring substantial profits on the black market. Organizations around the world are trying their best to reverse this trend and innovative solutions …

Issue of the Week: The Militarization of Poaching

Rhino poaching in South Africa is at record levels. Countries, such as Tanzania and Mozambique, have seen dramatic drops in their elephant populations. Demand for ivory and rhino horn largely comes from Asia, where owning an ivory carving is a status symbol and rhino horn is a wonder drug. Countless articles tell of the stark …