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Paula Kahumbu

CEO, WildlifeDirect

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How do we save African elephants from extinction?

African elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory as a surprising consequences of the rise of Asian economies. Symbolic of wealth and prestige, ivory was once only affordable for a few. Now with hundreds of millions of newly rich people in Asia, demand has outstripped supply and elephants are being killed at a rate that will drive them to extinction in less than 15 years.

African governments are unable to stop the poaching - the price of ivory is driving impunity, corruption and is now under control of criminal cartels.

How do we stop this? What will it take to reverse this trend? Do we need to change cultures? Appealing for compassion in China, Thailand, Philippines? Is it about law enforcement?

We need some bright ideas from TEDsters who love African animals and who know how to cause change in Asia


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  • Mar 2 2013: We need to first understand the reasons behind their extinction. If humans poaching is responsible,it is bit difficult as there is no way one can remove "GREED" from the humans. Anything other than that is a possibility.

    My theory of life on earth is- " when god gave life on earth, first plants, trees flowers etc were created, when he looked down he said still looks dry, so made birds ( added some colors) but still something was missing, so made animals, still something was missing so made under water life and so on except human beings. Everything looked so beautiful, god fell in love with it. But, his principle is creation and than destruction. So now how to destroy this!! "HE MADE HUMANS IN THE LAST" to destroy everything.

    How much ever any one tries, you can't beat god's will, can you?

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