Countering New Threats to Asian Elephants
Top of Mind with Julie Rose
Sliding or Deciding, Goat Silk, Saving Asian Elephants
Episode: Sliding or Deciding, Goat Silk, Saving Asian Elephants
- Feb 7, 2019 11:00 pm
- 13:41 mins
Guest: Peter Leimgruber, Center Head and Conservation Biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Ivory poachers have long been a serious threat to African elephants, because both male and female African elephants can grow large tusks. Asian Elephants have escaped some of that poaching pressure, because only their males have tusks and they’re often smaller. But a new type of poaching has emerged in the last several years that has conservationists very worried about Asian elephant populations. Males, females and even juveniles are being killed for their skin.