For decades nations have worked to curb international sales of endangered plants and animals. But in countries like China, with high demand and speculative investors, that strategy fuels bidding wars.
In large ecosystems, managing elephant populations so they don't exceed a certain threshold number is arbitrary.
Melting Siberian permafrost is exposing long-dead mammoths, creating a new trade in mammoth ivory.
As the ultimate custodians, it is urgent that African countries with elephants take
ownership of the processes at CITES.
Amid a growing human population, African elephants are confined to an increasingly managed existence. Do we want more for one of the world's most loved species?
There is a significant elephant-poaching problem in northern Botswana that has likely been going on for over a year.
Drone technology plays a vital role in gathering accurate wildlife data. But this alone isn't enough to save Africa's elephants.
Locations like border towns as well as people acting as middlemen provide key insights into Uganda's ivory trade.
Should trade in ivory be banned or not? There may be a solution.
Despite various exceptions, the UK's proposed ivory ban will be among the toughest in the world.
The EU and UK are fuelling the illegal trade through their continuing sale of legal ivory items.
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?
This multi-billion pound industry increasingly involves organised crime groups, who see wildlife as a low risk route to profit.
The idea that terror groups like Boko Haram fund their activities through ivory poaching in Africa is a compelling narrative. But it’s undermining wildlife conservation and human rights.
An ivory ban in the US had a series of unintended consequences.
Ivory from illegally-poached elephants can easily be mistaken for antique.
China has decided to end all domestic trade in ivory, an act that could help elephant numbers all over Africa.
Zimbabwe are looking to resolve a debt to China by selling animals to them. But one of the concerns is that the elephants sold will eventually be farmed and their ivory harvested.
Ivory was a major talking point at the CITES CoP17 conference.Many feel the ban on trade doesn't work while others believe the ban is the only way to save the iconic species.
Military responses to combat poaching are a problem. They marginalise communities where poachers come from and can have longer term implications.