By Renée Kiriluk-Hill
Anyone is welcome to join the "Ivory Belongs to Elephants" USA walk tomorrow, which continues tomorrow morning from Princeton. The group assembles at 10 a.m. at the old gate at Princeton University with Lambertville the end point for the day.
This evening a car brought Kenyan research scientist Jim Nyamu to the Inn at Lambertville Station to talk about endangered African elephants and the different approaches people are taking to try to save them from extinction.
It was a strong turnout and many questions were asked. Jen Samuel, a leader in the current effort to raise awareness about the plight of the elephants, said that the U.S.A. helped in 1988 by banning the sale of ivory and the world followed suit in 1989.
However, in 2008, she said that pressure from China led to a repeal of the ban for "antique ivory," but since then she said 600,000 of 1 million elephants worldwide have died, many killed by poachers working for ivory dealers.
The U.S. is the number two importer of ivory, she said, trailing China and ahead of Europe.
The net effect, Samuel said, is that children today learn that "'E' stand for elephant" but in the near future that could be replaced by "'E' stands for extinction."
One track Nyamu is taking in his country is a familiar one to New Jersey residents - land use planning. One part of the problem, he explained, is a growing population encroaching on elephant habitat. More....