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The transformative power of Chinese-African conversations

The following article was written by Gu Ruirui through a partnership with China House Kenya. “Before going to Africa, I didn’t realize that ivory requires killing,” said Elaina, a 16-year-old student on a volunteer trip to Africa. “In my imagination, people took ivory from elephants that had died of natural causes. Either that, or the ivory tusks, once shed, can ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Why reducing ivory demand in China will not curb poaching in Africa

“When the buying stops, the killing can too” reads the popular slogan that WildAid uses in its anti-ivory campaign to raise awareness in China. WildAid, along with most Western environmentalists, contend that curbing demand in China for ivory is the key factor to help save the African elephant from extinction. Damien Mander disagrees. Mander is the founder of the International ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Growing demand in China for Africa’s lion bones

Traditional Chinese medicine, popular throughout Asia, has long prized the supposed medicinal value of tiger bones. Now, though, as the world’s wild tiger population is fast disappearing, even facing extinction, the Chinese medicine industry may have found an alternative with lion bones. A new study reveals demand for lion bones has surged since 2008, with the bones largely going to ... Read More »