Each day brings more news of wildlife massacres and forest destruction. As we look to build the alliances necessary to tackle the poachers and to develop the policies to educate and enlighten, we should appreciate that there are no second chances.
Elephants have dominated recent headlines as the world wakes up to the threat they face. From the latest data revealing a
We know the marches are seen and heard by these people and that is why they have such an important role to play, especially at the opening of CoP17. So if you can, please join a march near you and show them that all of us, humanity, wants change and a world where elephants are seen only as elephants and able to live without fear.
We also found that, over the last 10 years, trafficking ivory has become far more organised. Criminal gangs have now begun taking over the trade, drawn by the vast profits to be made particularly in the South East Asian market where ivory is seen as a status symbol. It is a startling realisation but - with the increasing demand for ivory in China and the Far East coupled with poor governance and corruption in Mozambique - if the Poachers maintain their killing rate their will be no more elephants in Mozambique in five years' time.
Terrified, grief stricken, lonely, confused, frightened and hungry, emotions and situations we would never wish our own child to have to go through, and yet Zongoloni is one of many elephant calves orphaned in this way, because of ivory poaching.
The death of Cecil earlier this year evoked outrage across the planet, with people up in arms over the death of one of Africa's favourite lions. The killer, a dentist from Minnesota, endured the wrath of many, but the real villains are those that do not make the front pages.
A petition earlier this year garnered nearly 100,000 signatures, with people calling for an explanation about the image. Details
This weekend presents a big opportunity to make our concerns for Africa's elephants known to our political leaders. Elephants might 'trumpet' and be able to communicate by infrasound - but at the political table they don't have a voice and we must be theirs, shouting loud.
There is no place in the world like the Masai Mara during the migration season. This wildlife spectacle within such a beautiful setting must surely be unrivaled on earth, and this year the migration is arguably more breathtaking than ever...
Selling wild elephants to fund conservation is unethical. The justification to capture elephants from the wild and ship them overseas to generate funds for the protection of other elephants is hugely flawed.