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Conservationists are at loggerheads about how to save elephants from poaching. EPA/Dai Kurokawa

How to break the impasse between opposing camps in ivory trade debate

Improving livelihoods by exploring alternatives to wildlife trade would help to curb the poaching of threatened species like elephants.
The male cardinal tenderly feeding his mate is just one example of the hard work wild animals undertake in springtime. That work often benefits humans. (Shutterstock)

How the hard work of wild animals benefits us too

Wild animals are hard at work this spring. Here's how their hard labour benefits humans, and why we should be more appreciative.
The world’s biggest burn of illegal ivory. Daniel Stiles

Ivory up in flames, but who really noticed? How messages on elephant poaching might be missed

The destruction of a massive haul of illegal ivory was supposed to send a message to poachers and those who trade in the tusks. Did they notice, or can the ivory be used to help elephant conservation?
The Southern Tanzania Elephant Program used camera traps to capture elephant visits to farmland. STEP/Author supplied

What camera traps tell us about elephants eating crops

Elephants feeding on crops poses a challenge to their coexistence with humans. Farmers must introduce strategies to reduce losses and avoid lethal action against the endangered species.

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