Lifting the trophy hunting moratorium in Botswana is more about politics and less about elephant conservation.
Botswana has been an unparalleled elephant conservation success story. That seems to be changing.
Improving livelihoods by exploring alternatives to wildlife trade would help to curb the poaching of threatened species like 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 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?
An ivory ban in the US had a series of unintended consequences.
Ivory from illegally-poached elephants can easily be mistaken for antique.
The world's largest trader is closing down.
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.
In the absence of trading ivory, other solutions have to be found to fund conservation and support communities living on the front line of the battle against poaching.
Historical evidence shows African elephants are endangered by the ivory trade, despite any attempt at regulating the market. A total ban is the only hope for the world's largest living land animal.
The ivory trade is a very contentious issue and will be debated at CITES. It will revolve around maintaining or lifting the ban on trade. But the human element is likely to be ignored.
Rhino horn trade is a hotly contested topic. Proponents believe it can aid conservation efforts. But those in opposition believe it will cause poaching to increase.
Southern African nations are seeking permission to trade in ivory, in direct opposition to the wishes of their northern neighbours.
South Sudan is a country where conflict is rife. This has had a knock-on effect on the country's rich and varied fauna, and put conservation programmes in severe crisis.
EU officials argue that while the ban on ivory trade is right for some countries, it shouldn't be all-encompassing. It has called on African range states to reach agreement on the issue.