Chairman of Kenya Wildlife Service
"The greatest enemy for wildlife conservation elephants, rhino, lion, leopards, tortoises, fish is poverty. Poverty is the enemy of wildlife."
Founder and president of the NGO Wara Conservation Project, Senegal and Guinea
"We can't be pessimistic, otherwise why do all this work? This fight is endless, but necessary. And someone should do it. That is why we are optimistic!"
Zakouma's National Park Manager, Chad
"It is still not at the point when they realize that ivory poaching or poaching for ivory is a big commercial operation often connected to some political or rebel movement".
Executive secretary of the National Parks Agency, Gabon
"I am in a strange situation. I am a biologist. But I now behave like a general. I am fighting a war."
FR. GIUSEPPE PIETRO ARCSCIWALS
Santo Domingo Church Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
"… the Philippinos find that it is the most worthy material to use to give reverence to the saint or to God, more than wood ivory would be the best. And for God people, Philippinos would give their best."
Сo-founder of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Kenya
"The Vatican has not yet signed the CITES agreement. But I have personally written to the Pope. Because he calls himself Francis, and, of course, Francis of Assisi was a friend of all the animals. So I told him, that he must now use his influence to tell his supporters not to buy ivory trinkets, because every piece of ivory represents a death of an elephant."
EMILE EDOUWODZI N'BOUKE
Ivory carver, Togo
"The most important piece in my life, the most brilliant one I have ever sculpted from ivory is the one that the state of Togo on the president Eyadema's initiative gave to the Pope during his visit to Togo in 1985."
Elephants and rhinos program director at TRAFFIC - the wildlife trade monitoring network, UK
"The Vatican is not a party to CITES yet, and we do receive reports that some ivory items, crosses, figurines are sold in the Vatican. So it's important that the Vatican regulates it's ivory trade in compliance with the CITES treaty."
Founder of Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand
"I am a Buddhist. I believe that Lord Buddha teaches us that we have a commitment to love, care and have a passion for animal. But the monks have brought the wrong message. Some monks use ivory to make amulet, others use ivory to decorate temples."
HIS HOLINESS THE 14th DALAI LAMA
"Your film, take and show how they kill, how elephants suffer, how their numbers reduce. This, I think, need to be shown on television. I think, very very helpful."
Executive Director at Environmental Investigation Agency, UK
"We produced a number of different reports and briefings, all of which will point the finger at China as the biggest end user. And the fact that chinese system to control it's legal ivory trade is not adecuate, does not prevent the laundering of illegal ivory into the market place."
Alex Hofford, Wildlife Campaigner, WildAid
"The legal trade is providing a cover for the illegal trade. We believe that a lot of the ivory being sold in Hong Kong is illegally sourced. That means that Hong Kong government, they do a great job in intercepting shipments of illegal ivory coming into Hong Kong but, you know, we think that 90% is getting through."
Director General of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority
"You can tell me any one country that has burned and has come out to the following day to say: “Look, we've done well, now there is no poaching in our country." I think we wait for that day and we will be the first one to follow suit once it has proven to be a very successful deterrence to poaching."
ALI BONGO ONDIMBA
President of Gabon
"Zero tolerance. We want them to have towards the elephant or the rhino the same attitude that they have regarding the panda. I don't think that they would appreciate us going into China, killing pandas for any kind of reason; they would certainly take action. Well, we are just telling them, you know, we feel the same about our elephants and our rhinos as you do with panda."
MAHAMAT MOUSSA DJAZOULI
Specialist in ecological development of Zakouma National Park, Chad
"People understood that the park is not for white people, that it is a national heritage and if measures are not taken – everything will be destroyed."
Head of the Mamba patrol group in Zakouma National Park, Chad
"Our goal is not to kill, but to protect the animal world. If a poacher kills our national heritage, I am ready to die for my convictions".
DR. IAIN DOUGLAS-HAMILTON
Founder and CEO Save the Elephants organization, Kenya
"We need now to roll out the success factors in other places. The biggest success was getting the local communities on side. Getting them trained, have some community scouts who diciplined, uniformed and armed and under leadership and encouragement of their elders. So it can be turned around, we did have a previous ivory crisis in the 70-s, in the 80-s. We won then, we can do it again."