Trump administration lifts elephant trophy ban - AGAIN

Unfortunately it comes as no surprise that the Trump administration quietly decided yet again to allow Americans to import African elephant body parts from elephants that are killed for the sport of trophy hunting. On March 1st, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a letter that announced the importation of elephant parts will now be approved on a "case-by-case basis." Along with Trump's sons, Zinke is an avid hunter himself. Last year, he even had an arcade game called "Big Buck Hunter Pro" installed in the employee cafeteria at the agency's Washington headquarters. He said it was to promote wildlife and habitat conservation... 

Trump administration once again lifts elephant trophy ban
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-elephant-trophy-ban-trump-20180306-story.html

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Sheroes: The Women Who Stand Up for Elephants

Sheroes: The Women Who Stand Up for Elephants

This article illustrates the strength and tenacity of women who are fighting for the survival of elephants. An activist states that elephants live in a matriarchal society, which may in part explain why so many elephant activists are women. The article also mentions the hard work and success of Global March for Elephants and Rhinos: "Global March for Elephants and Rhinos was founded in 2014 by Rosemary Alles, Denise Dresner and Maria Mossman as a grassroots movement, which took over the reins of organising subsequent marches. Last year, they brought together demonstrators in 140 locations in 40 countries. Mossman describes the annual marches as “really powerful and really emotional”. In 2015, some poachers in Uganda were reportedly moved to hand in their spears afterwards." 

Have-a-go heroes: the women saving elephants in their free time https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/13/have-a-go-heroes-the-women-saving-elephants-in-their-free-time?CMP=share_btn_fb

How Can We Help Save Elephants?

How Can We Help Save Elephants?

Learning about the plight of elephants can really get us elephant-lovers down. So what can we do to help? This article lists a number of things that each of us can do - from educating others, campaigning through petitions and joining marches, volunteering, and donating - there are a number of ways we can help. The article also lists many organizations that fight for the survival of elephants each and every day (like ours!). Take action now! Let's fight together to save our elephants! 

What can I do to help elephants?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/13/what-can-i-do-to-help-elephants

The Guardian's Elephant Conservation Series

The Guardian's Elephant Conservation Series

The world should be gravely concerned about the massive plight of elephants. Their numbers are dropping at an unsustainable rate rendering their endangered status more critical by the minute. Superficially and gruesomely poached for their tusks, skins, and parts, killed in clashes with farmers while losing their habitat range, and severely abused and neglected in the tourism industry, these gentle giants and intelligent sentient beings need our help more than ever. One way to help is to stay atop current conservation articles and educate others along your path. The more people care about elephants, the more people will take action to help protect them. Here is a link to the Guardian's elephant conservation series, which includes a great number of informative articles. A few articles from the site have also been included below. 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/series/elephant-conservation

The world needs wildlife tourism. But that won't work without wildlife
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/22/the-world-needs-wildlife-tourism-but-that-wont-work-without-wildlife

Ten more elephants poisoned by poachers in Zimbabwe
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/20/ten-more-elephants-poisoned-by-poachers-in-zimbabwe

'If we stopped poaching tomorrow, elephants would still be in big trouble'
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/14/if-we-stopped-poaching-tomorrow-elephants-would-still-be-in-big-trouble

Demand for elephant skin, trunk and penis drives rapid rise in poaching in Myanmar
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/07/demand-elephant-products-drives-dramatic-rise-poaching-myanmar

China's ivory ban sparks dramatic drop in prices across Asia
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/02/chinas-ivory-ban-sparks-dramatic-drop-in-prices-across-asia

Calls to reform food system: 'Factory farming belongs in a museum'
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/24/calls-to-reform-food-system-factory-farming-belongs-in-a-museum

10 selfish reasons to save elephants
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/10/10-selfish-reasons-to-save-elephants

Philosopher Timothy Morton: Awakening the Human Cyborgs

Philosopher Timothy Morton: Awakening the Human Cyborgs

We can all agree that times are changing. Humans are fundamentally changing our planet - and not for the better. We are in a new human phase of evolution - known as the Anthropocene. This has created the world's current 6th mass extinction phase. Many of us are aware of the havoc we are wreaking on our planet, as well as becoming self-aware as to how we are individually contributing to Earth's problems. What is "dark ecology"? "Hyperobjects"? Do we need a new concept for "nature"? Read on to learn about one of the world's 50 most influential living philosophers. His ideas have been featured in Newsweek, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. We are changing our planet, and as a consequence, we need to change our way of thinking about our planet.

A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/timothy-morton-anthropocene-philosopher#img-6

Science Reveals: Elephants Are A Lot Like Humans

Science Reveals: Elephants Are A Lot Like Humans

As much as scientists know about elephants, there is still so much to learn. As research continues, scientists are discovering more and more how similar elephants are to humans. As the article below states, they show a “parallel evolution with humans.” They are very sociable and family-oriented. The wisdom of older elephants is passed down to the young. They are incredibly protective of their young. They use tools to solve problems. They grieve their dead… Further understanding of elephants not only brings us scientific clarity, but it helps us figure out ways to preserve them. All of us elephant-lovers know that time is critical for the survival of this magnificent species. Major strides have to be put into their survival now or else we risk the next generations only seeing them in picture books.

Read this article to find out more:
In Praise of Pachyderms: Conserve elephants. They hold a scientific mirror up to humans. 
http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21723394-biology-and-conservation-elephants-conserve-elephants-they-hold