South African artist Falko One is on a mission to 'gift art to people all over the globe' by painting elephants. Read about him and see some of his artwork here:

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Cape Town, London, Mumbai: The man who paints elephant graffiti all over the globe

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Lights, camera, action! Our strobe light trial is up and running in the Chobe Enclave for this cropping season, as pictured with our team. The solar powered lights are set up around maturing crops in an effort to deter crop raiding elephants from entering. The lights all flash different colours, giving a "disco effect". It's a preliminary trial at this stage which hopefully holds some promise...
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Elephants Without Borders were proud to host an evening event with a presentation by Dr John Mendelsohn (Director - RAISON) on the 'Future Uses of Okavango/Cubango River Water in Namibia and Angola'
In attendance were Ministers including the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Hon. Tshekedi Khama; Members of Parliament, Ambassadors, CEOs and Directors.
The presentation brought...
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Tourism and conservation go hand-in-hand here in Chobe National Park, Botswana. Elephants Without Borders's Robert Sutcliffe talks about the ongoing issues effecting wildlife and how the country has secured safe habitat. Also featured in this short news brief is Chobe Game Lodge's commitment to an eco-friendly way forward. German broadcaster DW:
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Botswana’s green safaris | eco@africa | DW.COM | 09.02.2017

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As social creatures, elephants frequently touch one another in affectionate, loving ways. Sitting on the Chobe river, we sat for hours watching these 2 bulls enjoying a bathe together in a small pool displaying such joy and affection in play.
We have witnessed this on numerous occasions... and why would it be any other way? It's time to accept that elephants, like us, are empathetic beings.
Elephants help each other in distress, grieve for their dead, and feel the same emotions as each other—just like us.
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Mourning elephants refuse to abandon their dead friend's body

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Meet one our favourite farmer's in Mabele village. Affectionately nicknamed 'Mr Chilli', shows the team his impressive crop yield from the last cropping season. Our coexistence projects involves working and discussing with farmers both traditional and non-traditional mitigation methods that is used in an effort to reduce Human-Elephant Conflict. Mr Chili, based on his name sake, has had great...
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One of our research projects monitors the temporal wildlife use and diversity of corridors in agricultural areas. It is always fascinating downloading the data and seeing what has come through the region each week. We thought we would share some of our "interesting" finds that we didn't quite expect to see passing through rural areas.
Elephants Without Borders and Elephants Count - Great Elephant Census featured in the following article on ways to help elephants:

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'What can I do to help elephants?'

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Lions? A beautiful near-endangered creature on Africa’s shrinking wildlands? Well, we drink them. In a move clearly supporting the canned lion hunting industry, their consumption as an ingredient in fake tiger wine drunk by largely Chinese patrons is about to be legalised by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs... Captive-bred lions are something of a legislative black...
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Permission to drink a lion - Conservation Action Trust

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"....the key to a great photograph lies in understanding elephant behavior so that you can photograph—and appreciate—what makes them truly magical"
Check out the following article for more tips on photographing elephants:
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How to Photograph an Elephant

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One of the most entertaining elephant behaviors, to be privileged to observe, is a young calf learning how to use its trunk. A trunk is the fusion of the upper lip and nose, and is one of the most versatile tools in the natural world. It is used for breathing, smelling, grasping, touching and producing sound! But one has to learn with a little time how to master the use of such an...
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Elephants roam beyond borders and some times, the poachers do too. Here is some regional news on recent incidents in Namibia's Caprivi/Zambezi region, incidences on the elephants that roam between Botswana, Namibia and Angola: poachers caught and others prosecuted in a Namibian court this week. See both links below:
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BBC reporting from Laikipia, covering the land invasions that have been spreading through the area, watch video:
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Also further in the news, please see these links: Laikipia Farmers Association meet to discuss strategy and the Laikipia Farmers’ Association called for the formation of a special prosecution unit. [ The-star.co.ke Link ]
Other links: [ Tristanmcconnell.co.uk Link...
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Are Kenya ranch invasions driven by drought or politics? - BBC News

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“What’s really impressive about elephants is that they are such extraordinary team players,” Poole said. “For an elephant family to survive, especially against intelligent predators like humans, it’s important that they stick together and help each other. They have evolved complex communication as part of this teamwork."
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What Elephant Calls Mean: A User’s Guide

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In the Guardian, questions remain on the cause of the violence and why it continues, as, over the past couple of weeks, about 10,000 nomadic herders, armed with automatic rifles and driving 135,000 cattle, have left a trail of destruction and chaos in the county, just three hours drive from Nairobi. Six elephants have been killed within the last 2 weeks...
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Armed herders invade Kenya's most important wildlife conservancy

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Laikipia area in Kenya under continued threat of land invasions whereas illegal herders with armed men are invading conservancies and properties, leaving destruction and chaos, indiscriminately killing wildlife (elephants, giraffe, zebra, lion, etc), people are getting hurt (a few killed), burning lodges while they move in their tens of thousands of livestock. Not only large conservancies and...
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Sky Views: Anarchy in Kenya a threat to the West

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Rains every evening, make for happy elephants every day! Mom & calf enjoying a mud bathe together on the Chobe.
2 Articles from Namibia on poaching related issues:

Elephant poaching up, rhino down (Namibia)
Article first appeared in Namibian Sun, January 13, 2017
While the poaching spotlight is intensely focused on rhino in Namibia, official poaching statistics released by the environment ministry this week show that rhino poaching declined in 2016 while elephant poaching doubled compared to 2015. In...
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Three arrested with 13 elephant tusks - The Namibian

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