Praise for the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) for their continued dedication and assistance. Recently, while tracking from a plane for one of our elephant, CH102 known as "Paras" whose collar had failed end of dry season, we sadly discovered what was suspected. She had passed, not alone, but along with another. Immediately, when reported to the BDF, they insisted, without hesitation, together...
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Percy Pherson Tshwene
Melinda Mueller
Sharon Marsden-Hill
EWB received a call from the DWNP that a Wild Dog had been seen, carrying a thick wire snare around his neck which was lacerating into his neck. The team was deployed in search, but the pack had moved off. The next day, we received a second call that the pack had been sighted along the Botswana/Zimbabwe border. We collaborated with a team from Zimbabwe and managed to dart and remove the snare....
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EWB received a call from the DWNP that a Wild Dog had
Lauriel Strydom
Balipi Limpho Vincent Machacha
Tania TJ Jenkins
EWB recent field operation, collaring elephants in the CKGR, was joined by Thalefang Charles as he learned about our work and the complex issues in monitoring elephants' range expansion in Botswana. He explains in Mmegi, complete with video of the collaring activity. [ Mmegi.bw Link ]
EWB recent field operation collaring elephants in the CKGR was joined by

Mmegi Online :: Elephants are coming down South

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Linda Pridgeon
Diphetogo Puso
Suzanne Mckay
Wishing Kuki Gallman a swift and comfortable recovery. The conflict in Kenya continues... also a wish for a speedy resolution to this problem. [ Nytimes.com Link ]
Wishing Kuki Gallman a swift and comfortable recovery The conflict in Kenya

‘I Dreamed of Africa’ Author and Conservationist Is Shot in Kenya

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Ermine Flemix
Marietjie Pretorius
Marty Angell
This year's Earth Day theme is all about environmental literacy, as today's students are tomorrow's leaders. To add to the theme, EWB and the Green Kids Club Inc. put together a small, print and fold coloring book for children to enjoy while learning important messages about environmental impacts on wildlife. Fun for free! Download here: [ Elephantswithoutborders.org Link ]
This years Earth Day theme is all about environmental literacy as todays

EWB GKC Earth Day Coloring Book 2017 - Elephants Without Borders

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Happy Earth Day! EARTH DAY IS GLOBAL, Make Every Day Earth Day! Today take a step forward in conserving your environment: clean air, clean water, maintaining natural habitats and protection of wildlife species.
Earth Day is being celebrated and action taken in many ways around the World today, however there are two global events that highlight and you can join:

*Global March for Science*...
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Happy Earth Day EARTH DAY IS GLOBAL Make Every Day Earth Day

Satellite Marches

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Amazing photo that clearly demonstrates how the monitoring collar deflected the bullet intended for "Kwebe," taken by our vet, Larry Patterson, first on the scene. The bullet went through his ear, scraped across the collar and deflected into his shoulder. Larry cleaned up the wounds, treated for infection and Kwebe will be ok! Read the full story of this week's field exercises: [...
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Amazing photo that clearly demonstrates how the monitoring collar deflected the bullet
Gerry Flower
Shannon Novak
Carol Baber
This past week, EWB was busy in the field, searching for elephants in the CKGR and beyond, as elephants have been sighted exploring new frontiers further south and west in Botswana. We managed to locate bulls and breeding herds enabling us to deploy monitoring collars. During the activities, we discovered one of our bulls had been "saved" by his collar!
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This past week EWB was busy in the field searching for elephants

Collaring in the CKGR - Elephants Without Borders

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Honney Peterson
Sylvia Medina
Pula! (Rain!) water, water everywhere. EWB took to the skies to assess the present elephant and water situation, in anticipation of what might come during the dry season. Happy to report, pans were full across the elephant range, the rivers are flooding and elephants widely dispersed absorbed into the abundant Botswana landscape.
Pula Rain water water everywhere EWB took to the skies to assess
Kathy Bianchi
David Dugmore
Emanda Hillier
“The extinction of elephants would have a profound effect on plant survival and gene flow”
planting seeds, 3200 seeds a day, up to 65 kilometers away... EWB has documented elephant bulls having longer daily distance movements, so their effect could be much further. The implication is that elephants are absolutely critical to the integrity of these African savanna ecosystems.
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The extinction of elephants would have a profound effect on plant survival

‘This is amazing!’ African elephants may transport seeds farther than any other land animal

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Tammy O'Grady Alley
Lurdes Granha
Josef Němec
The floods are rising throughout Botswana and the elephants are loving the water and flourishing water veggies in the Okavango and Chobe.... This is as elephant's lives should be!
The floods are rising throughout Botswana and the elephants are loving the
Sheila Rolfe
Val Griffiths
Beth Norman
Crop season is upon us and here in Botswana, that could potentially mean conflict with hungry wildlife. EWB is proud to be assisting farmers in the Chobe Enclave and although one method is never perfect, the use of some deterrents is showing a positive outcome already!
Crop season is upon us and here in Botswana that could potentially
Sandy Nederlof
Othusitse Basimane
Ingrid Jackson
One of Kasane, Botswana's "urban" corridors allows wildlife access to a needed resource, the Chobe river. According to the new Chobe District Integrated Land Use Plan: "Blocking them off through unplanned development may lead to increased incidence of conflict as wildlife seek other, less suitable paths through the town... Formal protection and designation of urban corridors by the relevant...
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One of Kasane Botswanas urban corridors allows wildlife access to a needed
Suzanne Beer
Katlijn Meers
Janie Adams
"Playing with his food?!"
A content bull enjoying the tall grasses growing in the Chobe river, Botswana... cleaning off the muddy roots before happily eating. He took his time and ate for hours!
Playing with his food A content bull enjoying the tall grasses growing
Robyn Likos
Diane Matson Schmid
Emma-Jane Ritchie
The population trend of tuskless elephants is growing, but can they survive without tusks? Yes. But do they need them? Yes.... interesting video explaining how the poaching problem is effecting this change. Also highlights hope by conservation efforts Elephants Count - Great Elephant Census Elephants Without Borders [ Vox.com Link ]
The population trend of tuskless elephants is growing but can they survive

How poaching is changing the faces of African elephants

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Johanna Howell
Caro Outhwaite
Mary Hollett
Distributions of Earth’s species are changing at accelerating rates, increasingly driven by human mediated climate change. Such changes are already altering the composition of ecological communities, but beyond conservation of natural systems, how and why does this matter? Consider: Resources, Industries, Conflict, Health and Culture!

Read the abstract and full text in Science here: [...
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Distributions of Earths species are changing at accelerating rates increasingly driven by

Species on the move having a big impact

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China will close 67 ivory carving factories and retail shops on Friday, roughly one-third of the total, as it moves to implement a pledge to end all domestic ivory sales by the end of the year. [ Washingtonpost.com Link ]
China will close 67 ivory carving factories and retail shops on Friday

Good news for Africa’s elephants: China is losing its taste for ivory

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Joanne Friedman
Barbara A Kiebzak
“Elephants clearly have a cognitive ability to understand where they are threatened and where they are safe and in this case they are seeking refuge and sanctuary in Botswana where they are well protected,” added Chase. [ Thenational.scot Link ]
Elephants clearly have a cognitive ability to understand where they are threatened

Profile: The African elephant

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Carol Hardwick
Kim Laker
By understanding sleep across animals we can gain insights into improving the quality of human sleep and our quality of life. But just as crucially, understanding sleep in animals like elephants helps us to understand them better – and improves our ability to develop beneficial conservation and management strategies. The University of the Witwatersrand, with colleagues from Elephants Without...
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By understanding sleep across animals we can gain insights into improving the

Why it's so important to understand how elephants sleep

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Bryony Whitehead
Onno Heerma van Voss jokes that he never intended to be a conservationist, but he is helping to save the African elephant.
"I think tagua has helped diminish the demand for animal ivory, and I honestly don't think someone today can be ignorant about the slaughter of elephants with all the media coverage." Tagua is easy to get hold of and considerably cheaper, than ivory. It is the South...
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Onno Heerma van Voss jokes that he never intended to be a

How an obscure seed is helping to save the elephant - BBC News

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Ben Pont
Jody Carr