John Frederick Walker

How China Could Decide the Future of Africa’s Elephants

Posted in conservation news, elephant and ivory news, ivory news by JFW on September 21, 2013

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My most recent piece on the poaching crisis, “How China Could Decide the Future of Africa’s Elephants,” argues for regulated legal ivory trade as a means to engage with China in the elimination of trafficking in tusks.  It’s just been posted on the National Geographic News Watch blog, A Voice for Elephants. Here’s the link.

Rethinking Ivory: Why Trade in Tusks Won’t Go Away

Posted in conservation news, elephant and ivory news, ivory news by JFW on June 10, 2013

Tsavo West Ivory BurnMy latest article, “Rethinking Ivory,” appears in the Summer 2013 issue of World Policy Journal, and is now available online. It challenges the conventional wisdom on the ivory trade and argues that a well-regulated commerce in tusks could offer a realistic way forward for elephant conservation.

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Ivory’s Ghosts now available in paperback and ebook editions

Posted in elephant and ivory news by JFW on January 20, 2010

Grove Press has released a reprint edition of Ivory’s Ghosts: The White Gold of History and the Fate of Elephants (320 pages, $15. ISBN-13: 978-0802144522). (“Praised for the nuance and sensitivity with which it approaches one of the most fraught conservation issues we face today, John Frederick Walker’s Ivory’s Ghosts tells the astonishing story of the power of ivory through the ages, and its impact on elephants.”)
Ebook editions are also available for Kindle, Sony, Barnes and Noble Nook and other readers.

Ivory’s Ghosts named one of Barnes and Noble’s Best Science and Nature Books of 2009

Posted in elephant and ivory news by JFW on January 20, 2010

In his article in the Barnes and Noble Review, Brendan Borrell picked Ivory’s Ghosts as one of the best science and nature books of 2009—out of a total list of five.  “In this provocative book,” he writes, “journalist John Frederick Walker tells the gaudy and irresponsible history of the elephant ivory trade in Africa — from billiard balls to piano keys — but he makes a powerful plea that ending the ban on ivory is in fact the only way to save elephants in the long term.” Read the complete article here.

JFW’s Ivory’s Ghosts Harvard Lecture on WGBH

Posted in elephant and ivory news, ivory news by JFW on May 26, 2009

My well-attended lecture at the Harvard Museum of Natural History this past January was recorded by WGBH in Boston, and is now on their website as part of their Forum Network.

Kilimanjaro_tusksThe Kilimanjaro Tusks, 1898

The presentation includes a series of images of ivory art, the African commerce in tusks, and of course elephants, and touches on as many of the book’s themes as can be squeezed into an hour. A Q&A segment follows. Click here to view the lecture.