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Elizabeth Wainwright at Kinga Animal Advocacy

Economic Intent.

Posted by in Conservation, Hunting, Wildlife

Economics play a key role in conservation. Some 800,000 people may lose their jobs as the article states. Lost wages can equal lost conservation efforts. I am not a proponent of canned safari hunts, but in limited cases, well run, environmentally aware, humane organizations have value to their communities, the land, as well as with species protection. Somewhere here, we have to find a better “middle ground” – helping people economically at the same time, protecting key species. At the end of the day, it’s really all about intent –…read more

Better Than Smart.

Posted by in Conservation

It takes more than a great idea to help make a difference in Africa. You need to be better than smart, you need to be shrewd. Know your market, know your limiting factors and know your end user. Simple, but powerful strategic planning can make the difference between just creating excitement about your endeavor and the impact of real results. The following article from Forbes really inspired me to remember to deploy all of the strategic marketing tools that I know work. “When our colleagues studied 439 market-based solutions in Africa,…read more

Put The Judiciary to Work.

Posted by in Conservation

Conservation

Appeals to improperly sentenced wildlife trafficking cases have the power to create change. Kenya has done it, now Uganda. What we need are “wildlife enforcement legal teams” hired by the head of state to review all current (and perhaps recently closed) cases of wildlife sentencing in county and other courts. They obtain and review current docket of wildlife incidents and cases to determine if the rulings are/were indeed proper. If the magistrate/judiciary in these counties failed or fails to uphold specific CITES or country specific wildlife laws, this team appeals…read more

Edward Norton Says No to Ivory.

Posted by in Conservation, Elephants, Kenya

Kenya
, Poaching, Wildlife

Great awareness via a new WildAid public service campaign shot yesterday in NYC. The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, the Maasai, and Kenya’s elephants all will benefit from the reach of the upcoming public service messages. Thank you Edward! “International film star and renowned conservationist Edward Norton filmed two public service announcements on the illegal ivory trade in New York City yesterday. The messages will be part of the “Say No To Ivory” campaign launched earlier this year by WildAid and Save the Elephants. Norton, President of the US Board for…read more

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Burn Baby Burn.

Posted by in Conservation, Kenya, Uncategorized

The U.S. is scheduled to crush its ivory stockpile on October 8, 2013, four days after The International March for Elephants takes place around the world on October 4 and the timing couldn’t be better. The march intends to generate awareness internationally about the potential extinction of these animals by 2025 due to sanctioned ivory sales, illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking. Strategically, the U.S. is set to get some nice branding “mileage” here as a leader in this effort just by crushing the stockpile right on the heels of this…read more

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