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China Announces It Will Shut Down Its Domestic Commercial Elephant Ivory Trade in 2017

China Announces It Will Shut Down Its Domestic Commercial Elephant Ivory Trade in 2017

The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Asia Executive Director Aili Kang: “China has announced today that it will close its domestic commercial elephant ivory trade in 2017.  President Xi Jinping announced last year that China would take this action and now we have a timeline.

Train hit kills 3 elephants, including 2 pregnant females, in Assam

Village women pray by the carcass of a wild Asiatic male elephant at Amgaon in Assam. (AP Photo/ Representative image)

Three wild elephants, including two pregnant females, were killed by a speeding train in Assam early on Monday, officials said. A herd of elephants were crossing the railway track at Hojai in Nagaon district when they were hit by the Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Vivek Express around 12:30am, nearly 137 kilometres from Guwahati.

Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2016: Lessons from history for Sustainable Development

Bruce Rich in candid conversation with Sarita Dasgupta @ EHNF 2016
Bruce Rich in candid conversation with Sarita Dasgupta @ EHNF 2016

Sarita Dasgupta in conversation with Bruce Rich on Raising Economy for Eco-Friendly Initiatives

Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2016: Lisa Mills on education for Asian Elephant Conservation

Lisa Mills in candid conversation with Sarita Dasgupta @ EHNF 2016
Lisa Mills in candid conversation with Sarita Dasgupta @ EHNF 2016

Sarita Dasgupta in conversation with Lisa Mills on conservation of Asian Elephants

Case Study: KIRON RABHA

KIRON RABHA receiving the Mark Shand Mahout Awards, 2014 - Assam

Born in a family with a strong lineage of mahouts, Kiron was born with an inherent understanding of the gentle giants. His family has always had the legacy of capturing wild elephants. His upbringing was in an environment wherein he was fortunate enough to learn about all tricks regarding the mela shikar, traditional medicines and training of wild elephants. Kiron joined the forest department as a grass cutter in 1990, but was later promoted as a mahout in 1999.

Case Study: MONGAL GHATOWAL

MONGAL GHATOWAL Recipient of Mark Shand Mahout Awards, 2014 - Assam

Starting o as a grass cutter in Assam Forest department, Mongal Ghatowal, now a reputed and retired ‘Mahout’ is a highly respected individual and is known for his love for elephants. The forest department were able to see his talent and passion towards communicating with elephants as so he was appointed as a mahout. Hi is particularly known for his courage and ability of managing ‘dicult’ elephants.

Case Study: MONGAL GHATOWAL

MONGAL GHATOWAL Recipient of Mark Shand Mahout Awards, 2014 - Assam

Starting o as a grass cutter in Assam Forest department, Mongal Ghatowal, now a reputed and retired ‘Mahout’ is a highly respected individual and is known for his love for elephants. The forest department were able to see his talent and passion towards communicating with elephants as so he was appointed as a mahout. Hi is particularly known for his courage and ability of managing ‘dicult’ elephants.

Case Study: PURNA CHANDRA RABHA

PURNA CHANDRA RABHA Recipient of Mark Shand Mahout Awards, 2014 - Assam

Purna Chandra began as a Mahout back in 1945. Back then, a young Purna started o by being an assistant to the trainer mahout. He then learnt the art of handling and interacting with elephants. Since then, Purna Chandra has dedicatedly served the Assam Forest Department as a dedicated and passionate mahout and immersed his life towards the conservation of Asian Elephants

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