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[AUDIO] China’s appetite for abalone spurs organized crime in South Africa

The demand for abalone is so extreme that it is commonly-referred to as “white gold” and is now the world’s most valuable shellfish. Much of that demand comes from Asia, especially China, where consumers can’t seem to get enough of the fleshy snails in restaurants and supermarkets. South Africa is home to one of the most prized species of abalone, ... Read More »

Can Chinese Technology be a Game-changer in African Wildlife Conservation?

The following article was written by Sun Haolun of China House Kenya in Nairobi “It’s not easy for a Chinese guy to work in wildlife conservation in Africa. In the eyes of  Chinese people, working in the wild of Africa is quite dangerous and crazy. And in the eyes of a lot of Africans, all the Chinese are potential traffickers.” ... Read More »

[AUDIO] How China’s insatiable demand for timber threatens Congo’s rain forests

A series of powerful forces, continents away from one another, are conspiring to devastate the vast rain forests that blanket the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are trees in those forests whose wood is particularly celebrated in China for its color and durability. With the Chinese middle class continuing to expand, the demand for higher quality products, such as furniture, is ... Read More »

China’s Plan To Ban Ivory Sales Will Not Save Africa’s Elephants

Hooray! The Chinese government finally came to its senses and announced that after 2017 it will no longer be legal to sell or trade ivory. Today’s announcement was long overdue and highly anticipated, particularly among Western wildlife conservationists pegged a Chinese ivory ban as the last best hope to save what’s left of Africa’s rapidly shrinking elephant population. China is by far the world’s ... Read More »

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 »

The meeting of Chinese Solar Lighting And Kenyan Elephant Conservation

The following article was written by  Ziyi Guan and Yanting Hua from China House Kenya “Chinese are helping Africa’s wildlife conservation?” laughed some American tourists upon seeing a group of Chinese student volunteers wearing T-shirt printed with the words “Be Kind to Animals” while walking along the Diani coast near Mombasa, Kenya. Because of long-existing, deeply entrenched stereotypes, it has ... 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 »

Chinese residents of South Africa Say No to the Illegal Wildlife Trade

The following article was written by the team at China House Kenya In order to help Chinese residents of African countries to better integrate into the local environment, China House organizes and implements a series of projects aimed at engage Chinese communities in wildlife conservation. Ahead of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), China House traveled from Kenya to ... 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 »

[AUDIO] China’s rapidly changing views on wildlife conservation in Africa

A dramatic shift in Chinese public opinion about animal welfare and global wildlife conservation appears to be underway. Supported by high-profile celebrity campaigns by NBA legend Yao Ming and actress Li Bing Bing, there is growing awareness in China over the country’s role in the illicit African wildlife trade. On Chinese social media, evolving public opinion is reflected in the ... Read More »