US Ivory Crush: Call to the World

Earlier this week the United States government destroyed its national ivory stockpile, nearly six tons of elephant ivory, representing the majority of ivory seized from American tourists and traffickers since the late 1980s.

My take, pre- and post-event for National Geographic, is available here:

National Geographic’s short film on the Ivory Crush:

2 thoughts on “US Ivory Crush: Call to the World

  1. I just heard your interview on NPR’s Fresh Air and I was astounded at what you’ve done to uncover and help regular people understand the complicated and terrifying business of ivory poaching. Over 10 years ago, I went on a trip of a lifetime with my “to be” in laws – an elephant back safari in Botswana – Abu Camp. I got to spend 5 splendid days, walking ((and riding) with a herd of trained African elephants. It was something I’ll never forget. I do wildlife education programs in New Orleans and one of my favorite topics are elephants. I volunteer at the Audubon Zoo and they let me bring in a real elephant tusk to show people. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to you for your reporting of the plight of elephants around the African continent – and the root causes of that plight. Your story is terrifying, but also one in which people can become better informed and I truly hope that public outrage can affect what is happening throughout Africa. YOur story is not just about elephants, but about people, and poverty; war and supply and demand. Thank you so much for your ingenuity (I was enthralled with your tales of “smuggling” in fake ivory to Tanzania and subsequently being arrested.) and bravery. I look forward to watching the Nat Geo special and reading my next issue. I’m inspired!

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