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President Trump recently lifted a ban on allowing elephant trophy imports to the USA sparking reactions from many quarters. Here’s what’s going on.

Herd Of Elephants: elephant trophy imports

President Trump has decided to put on hold an earlier decision allowing elephant trophy imports to the United States. This was after he had agreed to lift the ban that former President Obama had put into place during the Obama administration.

Just a little background, President Obama had put a ban on Elephant Trophy imports in 2014. Elephant importations from Zimbabwe had been shut since May 2014 after import boycotts.

Elephant Trophy Imports: Why The Change In Decision By President Trump?

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Elephant trophy hunting remains a controversial and highly debated issue. We bring you the facts of the matter.

Elephant Head On A Wall ; elephant trophy hunting

Killing elephants to help save the species is a conservation strategy that was originally intended to help the endangered African Elephants.

The idea is simple; invite hunters from richer countries to hunt an agreed number of wild animals. Use the generous fees these hunters provide to boost conservation funding for the

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A new horror threatens elephants in Myanmar: it’s called Elephant skin jewelry.

Blood Red Beads A Sample Of Elephant Skin Jewelry

Blood Red Beads: A Sample Of Elephant Skin Jewelry (Photo: WWF)

Endangered elephants are now facing another horrifying threat known as skinning. Wildlife conservationists in Myanmar have raised alarm over the spike in the trading of elephant skin jewelry.

As if that’s not bad enough, the hunters target mother Asian elephants. And their calves are not safe either! This could lead to the extinction of elephants in this country.

The latest fad is directly fueled by the growing demand for elephant skin jewelry items and it

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The Amboseli Elephants of Kenya are an example of what combined conservation efforts can achieve.

A herd of elephants : The Amboseli Elephants

Elephants at the Amboseli National Park. In the background is Mount Kilimanjaro (Photo: Amoghavarsha JS/Wikimedia Commons, cc by-s.a. 3.0)

Located on a peaceful site in the south-eastern parts of Kenya, the Amboseli wildlife conservancy draws much of its life from water flowing off the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. While driving on a safari through the park, you can’t help but notice the occasional herds of elephants grazing peacefully on the plains.

They roam the park freely and that’s the first sign that these creatures are in a friendly

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Damning reports show that many elephants are dying in zoos. 

Visitors Feeding Elephants At A Zoo: Elephants are dying in zoos

Visitors Feeding Elephants At A Zoo. Despite “Better Care” And Protection From Poachers, Captive Elephants Are Still Likely To Die Much Younger Than Their Kind In The Wild.

The fact that keeping elephants in captivity goes against their nature can’t be debated anymore. Facts coming out of various establishments that continue to keep these mighty mammals captive is disheartening to say the least.

Even scientists are now adding their voice and calling for zoos and other concerns to phase out elephant captivity. And zoos can’t escape the inevitable anymore: They must let these animals go to a more natural environment if not back to the wild completely.

Below we’ll look at some reports that have emerged after extensive study of elephant life in

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The history of the human-elephant relationship is a story of several negatives and few positives.

Hannibal Barca Crossing The Rhone: Human-Elephant Relationship

Hannibal Barca Crossing The Rhône With War Elephants By Henri Motte In 1878.

Elephants are some of the most fascinating terrestrial animals that exist on our planet. What sets them apart from other animals is their sheer size. Some African elephants were recorded as being so large almost as if they were relics of the era of dinosaurs.

Some individuals weighed as much as 2.5 to 7 tons and reached a height of 8 to 13 feet when standing! Added to the fact that these large animals are herbivores earns them the title of “gentle giants.”

For as long human history can recall, these highly intelligent and emotional beings have been

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Elephant Collars may sound strange but they offer a ray of hope for Elephant Conservation.

Two Elephants. One Is Wearing An Elephant Collar

Two Elephants. One Is Wearing An Elephant Collar (Photo: Elephanttracking.org)

Elephant collars are becoming increasingly common in many game reserves and parks. These collars are designed to keep track of elephant movement within their habitat. It’s intended as a boost for wildlife conservation especially in areas where elephants are endangered.

What Are Elephant Collars?

This is often the first question anyone would ask: this is a device that is fitted on an elephant’s neck area and is equipped with a GPS tracking device. It shows the whereabouts of an elephant

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Seven of the best spots to see Elephants in the Wild Worldwide

Elephant Herd In The Serengeti National Park: See elephants in the wild

Early Morning Stroll By An Elephant Herd In The Serengeti National Park, Kenya (Courtesy: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikimedia Commons cc by-sa 3.0)

Though visiting an elephant sanctuary may be an experience you will never forget, getting to see these animals in their element out in the wild is unbeatable.

Imagine the earth vibrating under your feet as an African elephant thunders past you. Or the sight of an Asian elephant strolling leisurely past you.

There’s no way you won’t be affected by the wild but intelligent behavior of the largest

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The illegal Ivory trade and subsequent poaching of elephants continues to flourish despite several efforts to curb it.

Asian Ivory Carving: Products of the Ivory trade

Asian Ivory Carving. One Of The Many Products Of The Ivory Trade.

Did you know that on the average poachers kill one African elephant every 25 minutes just to harvest its ivory?

Despite several bans and resolutions locally and internationally, elephants are still slaughter brutally in their tens of thousands annually to feed the desire to possess ivory. Though poaching has reduced slightly since the infamous 2011 peak, it’s still going on at a rate that could wipe out elephants as a whole. Especially on the African continent where the elephants have larger tusks than their counterparts: the Asian elephants.

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