Why is it important to understand how elephants sleep?

Paul Manger, University of the Witwatersrand Humans and animals need to do several things to pass on their genes: eat, avoid being eaten, reproduce and sleep. Missing any of these biological imperatives leads to death. But when we’re asleep we can’t perform those other functions. One of modern science’s big mysteries, then, is: why do …

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A tighter ivory trade ban will not save Africa’s elephants

Duan Biggs, Griffith University A disproportionate amount of the agenda at The 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) was dominated by African elephants and the controversial issue of the ivory trade. African elephants have declined by more than 100,000 over the past decade. This is driven …

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Save the Elephants! … by Owning Them

by Bill Wirtz One hundred leading conservationists, politicians, and celebrities addressed an open letter to the government of the United Kingdom (which has been published by the Telegraph), asking for a ban on ivory trade. They want Her Majesty’s Government to become a global leader on the prohibition of wildlife trade and help combat African poaching groups. Since we …

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The ban on ivory sales has been an abject failure

Marshall Murphree, University of Zimbabwe The issue of trade in African elephant ivory will dominate the 2016 CITES Conference of the Parties meeting. Debate will revolve around maintaining or lifting the ban on trade, but with little chance of addressing the overarching human element. For example, what impact has the trade ban had on local …

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Africa News Headlines for 22 February 2016

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe over the past 24 hours. Small middle-income countries in Africa need to rethink their growth strategy Source: Brookings Institution/Africa in Focus Islamic political radicalism endangers African “identity politics” Source: Sudan Tribune Tragic Plight of African Albinos Source: New Pittsburgh Courier Elections Rwanda-style Source: KT Press …

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