Submitted by ALison Dnitino on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 9:00am
Yesterday’s seizure of 46 elephant tusks in Cape Town, the latest ivory related crime linked to the metropole, is fuelling concerns the South African city may be a fast developing cog for ivory transit in the wheel of wildlife crime.
Customs officials found the tusks – valued at about US$1,5-million - hidden behind boxes of wine in two shipping containers destined for Hong Kong. Two men were arrested and were to appear in court today.
I’ve mentioned before how important it is to understand that elephants are individuals, as different from one another as you and I may be from our friends or other family members.
You may wonder how we tell individual elephants apart. In the same way when you start work at a new place you might remember people by their hair color or style, or how tall they are, when we start to get know elephants, we look at their ears, tusks and tails.
After a week based in Boston, Song of the Whale and team headed out to Stellwagen Bank, off Cape Cod, to help conduct a tracking and photogrammetry (making measurements from photographs) project on humpback and fin whales.
EU Sustainable Energy Week is currently running here in Brussels and across the EU. It’s a good week – shining a light on what kind of energy we use, how we use it and, of course, how we can minimise the environmental impact of the energy we use. I’m lucky enough to have a green energy supplier at home so the majority of my power comes from wind. It’s a bit more expensive in the short term but I can’t think of a more worthwhile long term investment.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare has to get involved where wildlife would otherwise be forgotten. That is why I took part in the recent “2nd European Forum of the Outermost Regions” in Brussels. It was a meeting between European Union representatives and leaders of the eight “outermost” overseas regions that are also an integral part of the EU: the Canary Islands (Spain), Madeira and the Azores (Portugal), Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, French Guiana and Réunion (France).
Wo die Tierwelt sonst vergessen wird, muss sich der IFAW einmischen. Deshalb habe ich gerade am „2. Forum der Gebiete in äußerster Randlage“ in Brüssel teilgenommen. Dies ist ein Treffen zwischen EU-Repräsentanten und den Staatschefs dieser acht „äußersten“ Überseegebiete, die voll und ganz Teil der Europäischen Union sind: die Kanarischen Inseln (Spanien), Madeira und die Azoren (Portugal), Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, Französisch Guyana und La Réunion (Frankreich).