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An elephant walks through the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. China on Friday said it would shut down domestic trade in ivory by the end of 2017, a move intended to curb the slaughter of the African elephants

China says it will phase out ivory trade in 2017

2017-01-01 - Bejing, China

China says it will ban all domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017, closing down the world€s biggest ivory market in a move wildlife conservationists believe will help curb elephant poaching in Africa. The announcement deals a blow to a global ivory industry sustained in large part by Chinese demand, and comes after years of international and domestic pressure on Beijing to interdict a trade that has threatened the extinction of wild African elephants.



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China to set date to close ivory factories

2016-12-13 - Beijing, China

China is set to announce when it will close its legal ivory carving factories, 18 months after pledging to act. Last year, the world€s largest market for both legal and illegal ivory said it would shut down commercial sales within the country. But did not set a timeline. At the time, conservationists described the announcement as the €single greatest measure€ in the fight to save elephants from poaching. Wildlife advocates have since urged Beijing to get on with the job.



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Ivory smuggler gets four years in jail

2016-11-01 - Beijing, China

A man was sentenced to four years in prison and fined 40,000 yuan ($5,903) on Tuesday for smuggling ivory, a Beijing court announced. Beijing No 4 Intermediate People´s Court sentenced the man, surnamed Liu, on Tuesday morning, saying that he was found smuggling 52 products made of ivory in his suitcase at Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport in June 2014. The value of the ivory was more than 423,800 yuan, the court said.



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A police officer stands guard outside an ivory shop during a protest in Hong Kong. Amid growing pressure after China announced on September 25 that it will ban the ivory trade, Hong Kong said it is now “open-minded” to a ban on its legal ivory trade

With Ivory Ban Imminent, What Will Happen to China’s Legal Stockpile?

2015-11-12 - Bejing, China

After years of defending and supporting a legal domestic trade in ivory, China made a big announcement in September: It€s shutting down the trade. The United States is, too. Together, the presidents of both countries have made an unprecedented public pledge to put a stop to all ivory trading€´legal and illegal.



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The discovery of the six-million-year old elephant skull in Shuitangba, Zhaotong City in China pushed back the species’ history by one million years. The fossil suggests that the species originated somewhere in Yunnan Province.

6 Million-Year-Old Skull Of Elephant Found In China

2015-11-09 - Zhaotong, China

An Sinomastodon praeintermedius skull fossil, dating back to six million years, was discovered in Shuitangba in Zhaotong City in China. The recent discovery suggests the species originated somewhere in the Yunnan province or in nearby areas.



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Hong Kong begins destroying 131,000 pounds of elephant ivory

2014-05-17 - Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong has begun destroying its 29.6-metric-ton stockpile of confiscated ivory. On Thursday authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city crushed and incinerated a ton of seized ivory in an action they hope will send a message to poachers and traffickers. Conservationists welcomed the move but said more must be done to address the demand side of the issue.



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In Land That Values Ivory, Wild Elephants Find a Safe Haven

2014-05-04 - Xishuangbanna, China

At a time when tens of thousands of elephants across Africa are being slaughtered to feed the Chinese appetite for ivory, it turns out the best place to be a wild elephant may be here in the tropical forests of southwest China. Over the past two decades, the number of Asiatic elephants in Yunnan Province in China has roughly doubled, to nearly 300, thanks to government-financed feeding programs, wildlife education efforts and a strict elephant protection law unmatched anywhere else in the world....



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Staff members of the zoo of Kunming look over the elephant enclosure on Feb 19, 2014 after a zookeeper died in it on Wednesday afternoon.

Chinese zookeeper dies in elephant enclosure

2014-02-20 - Kunming, China

A zookeeper died in an elephant enclosure on Wednesday afternoon in southwest China´s Yunnan province, a source at the zoo said. The man, 46, was found dead at about 4:30 p.m. He had injuries to his head, according to the zoo of Kunming, the provincial capital. It is not yet known whether the man had been attacked by an elephant. The cause of the accident is being investigated.



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2 injured in elephants attack in China

2014-02-09 - Xishuangbanna, China

Two tourists were injured by a group of wild elephants at a scenic spot in China´s southwestern Yunnan Province, local officials said today. The incident took place at the Wild Elephant Valley in the Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna yesterday when the elephants trying to cross a river attacked a family of five.



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Biggest Ivory Consumer China to Criminalise Elephant Poaching

2013-12-05 - Beijing, China

Despite being the largest market for illegal ivory, China has agreed to label the trade of elephant ivory as a serious crime along with 30 other countries at a summit in Botswana. The deal is proposing a cooperative, multi-national effort to prevent the killing of thousands of elephants, caused by the lucrative ivory trade, in which China buys 70% of the world´s illegal ivory.



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China 2006-12-14 - Yangzi, China - "Goddess of Chang Jiang": The Chinese river dolphin declared extinct 2006-11-29 - Yunnan, China - Tourist injured in elephant attack 2006-07-01 - Beijing, China - Chinese officials hope to lure hungry wild elephants away from farmland by offering "dinner halls" with banana and sugar 2006-06-09 - Shanghai, China - Elephant kills its keeper in Shanghai safari park 2006-05-10 - Hong kong, China - Hong Kong seizes smuggled elephant tusks 2005-12-13 - Beijing, China - Chinese wealth spells elephants" doom 2005-10-14 - Xinhua, China - Professionals trained to monitor Asian elephants 2005-07-20 - Beijing, China - Tuskless elephants evolving thanks to poaching 2005-07-18 - Beijing, China - Elephants with tuskless gene beat poachers 2005-03-16 - Beijing, China - China makes remarkable achievements in Asian Elephant protection 2005-03-07 - Beijing, China - China protects wild Asian elephants, habitats 2005-01-07 - Shanghai, China - Ivory "smuggler" guilty 2004-11-01 - Beijing, China - China Leads the World in Importing Illegal Ivory 2004-10-14 - Beijing, China - China mulls Asian elephant protection corridor along its border with Laos. 2002-07-19 - Yunnan, China - China Plans to Build Asian Elephant Breeding Base 2001-05-11 - Macau, China - Macau police nab elephant tusks 2000-07-14 - Guangxi, China - Asian Elephant Fossils Found in Guangxi 1999-01-22 - Zhengzhou, China - Elephant death devastates Chinese town Zhengzhou


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2017-01-01-Bejing
China says it will phase out ivory trade in 2017
2016-12-13-Beijing
China to set date to close ivory factories
2016-11-01-Beijing
Ivory smuggler gets four years in jail
2015-11-12-Bejing
With Ivory Ban Imminent, What Will Happen to China’s Legal Stockpile?
2015-11-09-Zhaotong
6 Million-Year-Old Skull Of Elephant Found In China
2014-05-17-Hong kong
Hong Kong begins destroying 131,000 pounds of elephant ivory
2014-05-04-Xishuangbanna
In Land That Values Ivory, Wild Elephants Find a Safe Haven
2014-02-20-Kunming
Chinese zookeeper dies in elephant enclosure
2014-02-09-Xishuangbanna
2 injured in elephants attack in China
2013-12-05-Beijing
Biggest Ivory Consumer China to Criminalise Elephant Poaching
2013-12-03-Hongkong
2013-12-02-Beijing
Chinese ivory traders receive sentences of up to 15 years
2013-11-13-Beijing
China"s ivory-regulation loopholes are as big as elephants
2013-11-07-Hongkong
Master carver uses mammoth tusks to keep 3,500-year-old art alive
2013-07-19-Hong kong
(Is this header correct? BABY ELEPHANTS?) Hong Kong seizes more than 1,000 BABY elephant tusks in major ivory haul