African Elephants Could Be Extinct In 100 Years

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New regulations aimed at protecting Africa's endangered elephants are sending shock waves through parts of the music world. New regulations aimed at protecting Africa's endangered elephants are impacting violinists. (Shutterstock/Jonathan Pledger)

100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012 -- a number fueled by the rising demand for ivory in China. If nothing changes, African elephants could be extinct in 100 yearsDr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder and CEO of Save the Elephants, talks about the crisis and what's being done to stop poaching.


Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton

Comments [13]

Ed from Larchmont

We kill how many unborn children in the U.S.? And ISIS is killing people just for breathing ... the poor elephants don't stand a chance in our fallen world.

Aug. 29 2014 09:21 AM
Rob from NYC

"Is There Such a Thing As 'The Black Community'?" is attached instead of the elephant segment when I add to listen on demand. Pleas fix this error.

Aug. 28 2014 12:26 PM
Rob from NYC

"Is There Such a Thing As 'The Black Community'?" is attached instead of the elephant segment when I add to listen on demand. Pleas fix this error.

Aug. 28 2014 12:25 PM
larry list from New York

Dear Brian,

I am a curator of chess-related art. I have organized shows for a variety of museums including, most recently, for the World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum in Saint Louis.

I know quite a number of private collectors of chess sets which are made from antique ivory. They bought them over the past 50 years from places they visited all over the world. 50 years ago, and even much more recently, even very reputable antiques dealers did not issue detailed receipts nor documentation of the age or origins of the ivory.

Over decades, these people invested substantial amounts of their money in these sets (one show I did of just 30 sets had an insurance value of $ 14 million dollars). They have generously loaned them to museums to be shown and studied and enjoyed by the public. They also knew that the day would come, in their twilight years, that they would sell their collections to provide a legacy for their extended families.

Because of the broad, haphazard way in which the laws are written and the impossibility of going backward in a time machine to get sufficient documentation, these collectors are afraid to lend any of their works. They are afraid for them to travel, or even be seen for fear that they will be seized. Plus they face significant loss of their lifelong investment because others would be afraid to buy them.

Could you and your guest please offer a practical responsible solution for this unintended but significant collateral problem? The elephants are being being threatened, but so are a number of responsible people of good will too. If people like your guest feel obliged to not hurt the elephants, they are equally obliged and responsible to offer solutions that will not hurt the innocent,law-abiding people involved either.

Aug. 28 2014 11:41 AM
Ed from Larchmont

We are a sinful people.

Aug. 28 2014 11:32 AM
Amy from Manhattan

What about staining live elephants' tusks w/some harmless but ugly & indelible coloring agent so no one would want ivory jewelry made from it? & for "customers" who buy ivory its supposed medicinal properties, spread the rumor that the coloring means the tusks are poisoned--anyone gullible enough to think ground-up ivory is good for their health would believe it could be poisonous!

Of course, this would require that tusks can take up & retain coloring & that it would penetrate deeper than the surface, & I have no idea if that's true.

Aug. 28 2014 11:27 AM
Ed from Larchmont

To harm the environment is a serious sin.

Aug. 28 2014 11:23 AM

A bounty on poachers!!

Aug. 28 2014 11:19 AM

The rhinoceros is in even more dire peril!!

…again, the Chinese.

Aug. 28 2014 11:17 AM

Was a PCV in Cameroon in 1964. Have a tusk we brought back to NY from those days. The elephant had been killed by a hunter and someone gave us the tusk. What do I do with it. Feel very guilty about having it.

Aug. 28 2014 11:15 AM
christine werkhoven from bronx

How about instead of cutting off tusks to deter poachers as one listener suggested, we catch the poachers and cut off their hands to deter poaching. Hmmm? How about that.

Aug. 28 2014 11:10 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Maybe we should arm the elephants so they can defend themselves against poachers.

And maybe, if we catch poachers, we can harvest their ivory.

It is SO sad that human beings do this to elephants. Elephants are smarter and nicer than the poachers. Ironically, the poachers don't seem to have considered the fact that if they kill off all the elephants, there will no longer be ivory for them to poach. But that's just one of the things that proves they are less intelligent than the elephants.

Aug. 28 2014 11:08 AM

The slaughter of these magnificent animals and any other animals for human gratification is REPREHENSIBLE!

How 'bout a significant bounty on poachers teeth?? An amount more than the value of ivory - per quantity, not volume!!

Aug. 28 2014 11:08 AM

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