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If Elephants Could Speak...
And Why We Should Listen
Alexandra Talleur
This is a comparative historical analysis of the
global and grassroots efforts to save the
African elephant species.
I arg...
Their plight began with the ivory trade.
Long valued for their tusks,
African elephant
populations declined from
an estima...
Ending the ivory trade.
Habitat loss and human-elephant conflict pose
one of the biggest challenges for conservationists
and politicians alike.
“We do now, through trade
monitoring processes, have a
greatly improved understanding
of the current situation on the
grou...
Innovating in their time of need.
Colonialism in Africa
fragmented cultures,
communities and
ecosystems.
It imposed political
borders that have left a
legac...
Now, cross-border
initiatives are creating
hope.
Ecotourism has the potential to boost local
livelihoods while preserving natural resources.
Elephants push conservationists and politicians
to go beyond borders physically and psychologically
for greater impact.
Cross-Border Conservation Through the Lens of African Elephants
Cross-Border Conservation Through the Lens of African Elephants
Cross-Border Conservation Through the Lens of African Elephants
Cross-Border Conservation Through the Lens of African Elephants
Cross-Border Conservation Through the Lens of African Elephants
Cross-Border Conservation Through the Lens of African Elephants
Cross-Border Conservation Through the Lens of African Elephants
Cross-Border Conservation Through the Lens of African Elephants
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Cross-Border Conservation Through the Lens of African Elephants

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By expanding the model of inter-country cooperation presented by CITES, transfrontier conservation has the potential to promote conservation across borders by utilizing ecotourism as an economic incentive and including communities in grassroots initiatives.

My research included analyses of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Endangered Species Act (ESA), and African Elephant Conservation Act (AECA), as well as case studies of NGOs including Elephants Without Borders and Peace Parks Foundation.

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Cross-Border Conservation Through the Lens of African Elephants

  1. 1. If Elephants Could Speak... And Why We Should Listen Alexandra Talleur
  2. 2. This is a comparative historical analysis of the global and grassroots efforts to save the African elephant species. I argue that cross-border initiatives are the future of conservation.
  3. 3. Their plight began with the ivory trade. Long valued for their tusks, African elephant populations declined from an estimated 1.2 million in the 1970s to roughly 500,000 today.
  4. 4. Ending the ivory trade.
  5. 5. Habitat loss and human-elephant conflict pose one of the biggest challenges for conservationists and politicians alike.
  6. 6. “We do now, through trade monitoring processes, have a greatly improved understanding of the current situation on the ground, the ivory trade dynamics facing the species across its range and the market drivers behind this trade.” – Dr. Holly Dublin, Chair of IUCN’s African Elephant Specialist Group.
  7. 7. Innovating in their time of need.
  8. 8. Colonialism in Africa fragmented cultures, communities and ecosystems. It imposed political borders that have left a legacy of conflict for humans, and are obstructing the flow of wildlife between nations.
  9. 9. Now, cross-border initiatives are creating hope.
  10. 10. Ecotourism has the potential to boost local livelihoods while preserving natural resources.
  11. 11. Elephants push conservationists and politicians to go beyond borders physically and psychologically for greater impact.

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