The authors examine the example of elephants in this exposition of the arguments favouring 'sustainable utilisation'.
Author: Ike C. Sugg
Publisher: Inst of Economic Affairs
Category: African elephant
The authors examine the example of elephants in this exposition of the arguments favouring 'sustainable utilisation'. This approach ensures species survival by employing a framework based upon property rights, enforcement of those rights and local community involvement.
This volume bridges the gap that often separates the scholar from the general reader. Its visual mini-essays are entertaining and also broaden the scope of the book, and the spectacular photographs invite hours of pleasurable exploration.
Author: Doran H. Ross
Publisher: University of California Press
The elephant is abundantly represented in African culture. In this lavishly illustrated anthology, eighteen scholars pay homage to both the African elephant and African creativity. The elephant's natural history is the starting point for this collection. Other essays discuss the animal's place in religious imagery, local economies, and regional cultures. The global appetite for ivory and the consequences of the ivory trade are the focus of two essays and of the epilogue, which also discusses the elephant as an endangered species. This volume bridges the gap that often separates the scholar from the general reader. Its visual mini-essays are entertaining and also broaden the scope of the book, and the spectacular photographs invite hours of pleasurable exploration.
Half of Tanzania's elephants have been killed for their ivory since 2007.
Author: Keith Somerville
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: African elephant
Half of Tanzania's elephants have been killed for their ivory since 2007. A similar alarming story can be told of the herds in northern Mozambique and across swathes of central Africa, with forest elephants losing almost two-thirds of their numbers to the tusk trade. The huge rise in poaching and ivory smuggling in the new millennium has destroyed the hope that the 1989 ivory trade ban had capped poaching and would lead to a long-term fall in demand. But why the new upsurge? The answer is not simple. Since ancient times, large-scale killing of elephants for their tusks has been driven by demand outside Africa's elephant ranges - from the Egyptian pharaohs through Imperial Rome and industrialising Europe and North America to the new wealthy business class of China. And, who poaches and why do they do it? In recent years lurid press reports have blamed mass poaching on rebel movements and armed militias, especially Somalia's Al Shabaab, tying two together two evils - poaching and terrorism. But does this account stand up to scrutiny? This new and ground-breaking examination of the history and politics of ivory in Africa forensically examines why poaching happens in Africa and why it is corruption, crime and politics, rather than insurgency, that we should worry about.
Author: John Frederick WalkerPublish On: 2010-01-19
“[A] tour de force examination of the history of ivory . . . and the demise of the elephant and human decency in the process of this unholy quest.” —The Huffington Post Praised for the nuance and sensitivity with which it approaches ...
Author: John Frederick Walker
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
“[A] tour de force examination of the history of ivory . . . and the demise of the elephant and human decency in the process of this unholy quest.” —The Huffington Post Praised for the nuance and sensitivity with which it approaches one of the most fraught conservation issues we face today, John Frederick Walker’s Ivory’s Ghosts tells the astonishing story of the power of ivory through the ages, and its impact on elephants. Long before gold and gemstones held allure, ivory came to be prized in every culture of the world—from ancient Egypt to nineteenth-century America to modern Japan—for its beauty, rarity, and ability to be finely carved. But the beauty came at an unfathomable cost. Walker lays bare the ivory trade’s cruel connection with the slave trade and the increasing slaughter of elephants in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By the 1980s, elephant poaching reached levels that threatened the last great herds of the African continent, and led to a worldwide ban on the ancient international trade in tusks. But the ban has failed to stop poaching—or the emotional debate over what to do with the legitimate and growing stockpiles of ivory recovered from elephants that die of natural causes. “Ivory’s Ghost is essential reading for anyone concerned with conservation and with the tenuous future of one of the most magnificent creatures our earth has ever seen.” —George B. Schaller, author of A Naturalist and Other Beast
This should be a matter for rejoicing, but nothing is quite so simple. The authors of this book have looked at the overall statistics, including those for countries where the elephant population is stable.
Author: Edward B. Barbier
Category: Business & Economics
Ivory is big business, and in some parts of Africa elephants have been hunted almost to extinction in the quest for it. The losses to African economies have been catastrophic. Now there is an international ban on the trade and conservation is. the principal goal. This should be a matter for rejoicing, but nothing is quite so simple. The authors of this book have looked at the overall statistics, including those for countries where the elephant population is stable. They have considered the multiplicity of economic and social functions fulfilled by ensuring that elephant herds survive, tourism, a variety of ecological purpose. and, finally, as a source of ivory. They show how the careful management of elephants as a resource can best serve African interests. This book is at the cutting edge of economic thinking and provides a model for the consideration of the difficult relationship between people and wildlife. Originally published in 19990
Blood Ivory tells the story of how the professional hunting fraternity was the first to realize the threat to the elephant and how it kick-started the whole conservation movement. It is not a story with happy ending, however.
Author: Robin Brown
Publisher: History Press
Category: African elephant
The fascinating history of the persecution and conservation of the African elephant It is more than a thousand years since the exploitation of the elephant began. However, it is only in the last hundred years, with the coming of the 'Great White Hunters' with their special elephant guns, that the very existence of the African elephant has been threatened. Blood Ivory tells the story of how the professional hunting fraternity was the first to realize the threat to the elephant and how it kick-started the whole conservation movement. It is not a story with happy ending, however. It is a tale of war: colonialists against traditional practices and customs; newly-independent African countries against each other; poachers and smugglers against any kind of constraint. And at the heart of this tragic tale is the sad irony that it is only in the two countries which have not supported the international ban on the sale of elephant ivory (South Africa and Botswana) that viable breeding populations have been maintained. Robin Brown draws on his depth of knowledge and understanding of Africa and his career as a leading wildlife film-maker to paint a vivid picture of the impact of hunting on Africa's elephant population.
Author: Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner SchlossPublish On: 2021-06
And what can we do today to protect the world's largest mammals from poachers? This lavishly illustrated volume embarks on a journey through cultural history and takes up a contemporary position for conservation. Ivory fascinates.
Author: Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss
A cultural history of ivory, from piano keys to poachers. Piano keys. Chess pieces. Jewelry. Ivory has been in high demand for centuries and across cultures--but at great cost to the elephants from which it comes. What sort of material is ivory? How has it been used in the past and the present? And what can we do today to protect the world's largest land mammals from poachers? This lavishly illustrated volume traces the cultural history of ivory as a decorative object and the cause of elephants' decades-long place on the endangered species list. The book approaches its subject critically and asks what exactly our responsibility is when dealing with ivory as a beautiful material with cruel origins. Terribly Beautiful is edited by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, which is the owner of and operator of the Humboldt Forum, and will accompany the first exhibition of the newly opened museum. This volume contains contributions from archaeologists, anthropologists, art historians, and biologists.