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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Why it's so important to understand how elephants sleep
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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How an obscure seed is helping to save the elephant - BBC News
It is so exciting, and we are so pleased that the International recording artist Dave Matthews arranged and recorded a beautiful song for the documentary film, “Naledi a baby elephants tale” which highlights EWB’s Dr. Mike Chase! Here he is performing it live with featured artist, Vusi Mahlasela!

Lyrics : “Hey there, Dr. Chase, can I borrow your wings to fly above the elephants, ride the...
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Mother of Africa- Dave and Tim with Vusi Mahlasela (Riviera Maya 2/25/17)

Dave and Vusi wrote and recorded this beautiful song for the documentary film Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale.

Witnessing the birth of an elephant is a truly rare sight indeed as they commonly give birth in the night! However photos have recently emerged of a truly impressive river birth in Kruger National park! Incredible images showing the importance of family!

When it comes to elephant water births, it really does take a herd
Don't miss the premiere of Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale on Netflix!

"Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale" tells the true story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the Botswana wilderness, featuring Elephants Without Borders Mike Chase, whom also launched the most ambitious census ever of African elephants across the continent, the Elephants Count - Great Elephant Census. Now, he must...
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Naledi, a Baby Elephant's Tale" premiers on Netflix

Premeir tomorrow on Netflix! "Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale" tells the true story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the Botswana wilderness, featuring Elephants Without Borders and EWB founder Dr. Mike Chase, whom also launched the most ambitious census ever of African elephants across the continent, the Elephants Count - Great Elephant Census. Now, he must race to defend an...
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Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale - Vulcan Productions
Namibia: Bwabwata is important migration route, from Botswana to Angola, for elephant and some other game species. According to the Great Elephant Census, this area was shown to be one of the Continent's worrying hot spot. (warning: graphic photo)
See more about the GEC results on EWB's site here: [ Link ]
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Police exchange fire with poachers in Bwabwata
As we develop a new program, rehabilitation of elephants into the wild can be successful. Just as a tiny elephant calf recently came into our care, we were also given the happy news that Gika, a reintroduced elephant which EWB is yet monitoring has given birth to her second calf in the wild. Along with her daughter, Naya and her 2 yr old calf, the happy herd is now a family of five!
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Elephants Without Borders and the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks have been caring for an abandoned elephant calf. On the 25 February the calf was found dehydrated by truckers alongside the Nata-Kasane Road. The Botswana Defense Force took possession of the calf and subsequently delivered it to Elephant Sands Lodge. EWB and DWNP collected the calf on the 27 February.

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A wonder if this little calf will end up being tuskless like her mother? Tusklessness in elephants is a fascinating trait, that is still being researched today. It is strongly believed to be genetically related similar to humans and their lack of wisdom teeth. Let's wait and see!
"Do one thing today to help protect the World's wildlife: Listen to the young voices!"
Today, Celebrate World Wildlife Day! 2017 it is celebrated under the theme “Listen to the Young Voices.” Vigorous efforts need to be made to encourage young people, as the future leaders and decision makers of the world, to act at both local and global levels to protect endangered wildlife. Learn more about...
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Making use of small activity data loggers, scientific versions of the well-known consumer fitness and wellness tracker, Fitbit, to study the sleeping patterns of elephants in the wild: In Chobe national Park, Botswana, Prof. Paul Manger, Dr Nadine Gravett and Dr Adhil Bhagwandin at the University of the Witwatersrand, along with their colleagues from the NGO Elephants Without Borders and the...
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The ultimate power nap: Researchers use 'Fitbits' to track elephant sleep in the wild
Latest collaborative research published, Wits - University of the Witwatersrand working with Elephants Without Borders, led by Prof. Paul Manger: Wild elephants slept an average of two hours a day, which is the shortest known sleep time of any land mammal.

Gravett N, Bhagwandin A, Sutcliffe R, Landen K, Chase MJ, Lyamin OI, et al. (2017) Inactivity/sleep in two wild free-roaming African...
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Inactivity/sleep in two wild free-roaming African elephant matriarchs – Does large body size make elephants the shortest mammalian sleepers?
We salute the brave men and women on the front lines, risking all for wildlife and environmental protection. And send our sincere condolences to the families of those that recently have paid the ultimate price. [ Link ]

Five rangers die in grim month for wildlife protectors
Happy Birthday, His Excellency President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama! Thank you for your passion and dedication to Botswana's people and natural heritage!
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
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 Tourism

Botswana’s green safaris | eco@africa | DW.COM | 09.02.2017
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.