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Dead By Default: The Tragic Plight of Africa and Asia’s Elephants | Out of Wilderness Magazine

July 7, 2016

I’m excited to have an article I wrote, on a topic I am passionate about, featured in the launch of Out of Wilderness Magazine.  OOW is a Canadian based digital magazine focused on covering issues related to environmental and wildlife conservation.  The magazine features original work by featured photographers, contributors, and staff writers.  I am lucky to have met OOW and Editor-in-Chief Jacalyn Beales through our membership with the Ethical Writers Coalition.  Jacalyn is well versed in myriad conservation issues facing wildlife today and is a knowledgeable advocate for big cats and a staunch and outspoken advocate against cub petting and canned hunting.  Read some of her other work here.

Originally posted at Out of Wilderness Magazine:

Elephants are among the most well loved creatures on planet Earth, and for good reason; their impressive size, adorable floppy ears, expressive eyes, and their unquestionable intelligence and strong familial bonds have endeared them to the hearts of people the world over.

Unfortunately, elephants are the target of unsavoury individuals and industries that wish to profit from selling their body parts, especially ivory, or capturing them live to be sold for entertainment and tourism.

The plight of the African Elephant is well understood and chronicled, particularly with respect to both poaching and human-elephant conflicts that occur in villages located within elephant range.  NGO’s, non-profits, and various wildlife conservationists are outspoken about the impacts of ivory poaching and actively involved in efforts to stop it. Many a celebrity have voiced their support of the cause attracting more attention and doubtless interest from their fans.

Much work has been done to help mitigate human-elephant conflicts utilizing community-based conflict methods focused on education, the training of wildlife managers, and the integration of low-cost deterrence methods to reduce elephant damage. The populations of elephants in Africa are well tracked and documented and there are constant efforts to improve policies and legislation intended to support elephant conservation.

While the fate of the African Elephant is still quite tenuous, the fact that their plight is being watched on the world stage is beneficial because the attention will always ensure people are drawn to the cause and that measures of accountability are in place to further their conservation.

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