Elephant Poaching Crisis Covered on National Television
Updated: Jul 25, 2020
Last night the excellent PBS Newshour ran a segment on our elephant project in Myanmar and on the horrific elephant poaching crisis being driven by a demand for elephant skin to be used in jewellery and medicine. The piece includes interviews with my boss Peter Leimgruber, the team at Elephant Family who produced an in-depth report on the skin trade and some field pieces that were shot by the Smithsonian media outreach team while we were on a collaring expedition. I've written about our elephant work and the poaching crisis in other posts and you can also check out this paper that we published documenting the striking number of elephant deaths. Our work continues and we hope to collar more elephants this year so we can keep track on how they are doing and where they are going.