Classroom Resources: Arresting Evidence

By Natasha Loder
July-September 2007 / Vol. 8 No. 3

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Discussion Questions

  1. Under current conditions, what do you predict would be the implications for elephant populations of a complete removal of the ban on the ivory trade?
  2. Do you think legal harvesting of elephant ivory should be allowed in areas where elephant over-population is a problem? Is translocating elephant populations a potential alternate solution for mitigating human/elephant conflicts?
  3. What actions or policies might act to decrease the demand for elephant ivory in places where the illegal trade is currently booming?

Websites for Further Information

  • African elephant specialist group: http://www.african-elephant.org/
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare: http://www.ifaw.org/
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory: http://www.fws.gov/lab/ivory.php

Elephant Conservation in the News

Peer-reviewed Literature

  • DeSalle, R., and G. Amato. 2004. The expansion of conservation genetics. Nature Reviews Genetics 5: 702-712.
  • Clarke, S.C., J.E. Magnussen, D.L. Abercrombie, M.K. McAllister, and M.S. Shivji. 2006. Identification of shark species composition and proportion in the Hong Kong shark fin market based on molecular genetics and trade records. Conservation Biology 20: 201-211.

Key Concepts

  • Endangered species
  • Forensic conservation
  • Trade bans
  • Conservation payments

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