We decided to open up our store when we realised just how compassionate elephant's really are and the extent as to which they are being abused in the wild. Our whole ethos is to keep our costs low and profit margins high. This allows us to donate as much money as possible to causes dedicated to removing elephants from the endangered species list.
Tusks from recently poached elephants in @niassawilderness. These were recovered after contact with poachers. In past times elephants with tusks up to three times the size of tusks featured roamed the Niassa Reserve, now it is almost impossible to witness such animals due to the intense poaching in the area. All seized tusks are recorded and marked by the team on the ground, they are then handed over to Niassa Reserve management headquarters, where they are held and recorded by the MIKE program that monitors illegal killing of elephant across Africa. @blackbeanproductions
Traffickers sentenced to 5 years for ivory possession.On the 9th of June the Lusaka Magistrate Court convicted Edward Chanda and John Mushipe of possession of ivory, prescribed trophy and sentenced them both to 5 years imprisonment with hard labour. The two men were arrested by Department of National Parks & Wildlife (DNPW) officers on the 18th October 2016 for being in possession of 25Kg of Elephant Ivory at Cosmopolitan Mall in Lusaka where they were attempting to meet a buyer for the ivory. Under the Zambia Wildlife Act, no. 14 of 2015 illegal possession of trophies such as Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn are punishable with sentences of between 5 and 10 years imprisonment with no option of a fine. Tens of thousands of elephants are killed annually in Africa for their tusks. These tusks are traded on the international black market, often ending up in Far East Asia as ivory trinkets. Due to extensive conservation efforts, the price of Ivory in countries like China continues to drop and by February 2017 had reached $730 per kg from a high of $2,100 per kg in 2014. Despite a ban on the international trade in ivory, African elephants are still being poached in large numbers. This arrest was made as a result of an intelligence-led operation by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, supported by Wildlife Crime Prevention. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife under the Ministry of Tourism and Arts works tirelessly to ensure wildlife criminals are brought to justice in Zambia. Image & Info care: Wildlife Crime Prevention. #ivoryfree#savetheelephants#jointheherd#rescue#report#wildlife#crime in #zambia