For the accepted wisdom on the viability of staining elephant tusks to prevent poaching, scroll down to “A conservation biologist’s take on dyeing elephant tusks” from Prof. Samuel Wasser or click here to see it on a separate page

For the short version of how a staining program might work, see the 3rd post from the bottom, “How a viable tusk staining program might work in brief” or click here 

The longer version is at the bottom, “Could we fight elephant poaching by staining the tusks?” or click here

For a look at our current (2015) anti-poaching efforts, please see my blog, All We Do For The Elephants . . . Exactly. Poaching in 2015 is still at unsustainable levels. 2014 poaching levels were the same as 2013’s. (14 July 2015)

Immediately following is something about a staining program’s potential compared to our current anti-poaching efforts in a reply to a reader.

Thoughts on something a big game hunter said about hunting elephants before it’s too late.

Thanks for reading. Please comment.


Staining with fluoride or tetracycline

I got a comment the other day:

What about fluoride? I know that too much fluoride in the public drinking water stains children’s teeth a mottled grey, from the inside out.

While tetracycline staining and cosmetic dentistry seem interesting leads in a similar vein and which I discuss at the end of this post, I don’t think fluoride staining will work. I shamelessly offer my layman’s reasons why because something I write may spark something else in the commenter or others . . .

Or annoy the right expert enough to be drawn in . . . Continue reading