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yesterday at 20:08. Facebook
In 2012 my brother, cinema photographer, Bob Poole, filmed this beautiful matriarch with one very long right tusk and a big hole in her right ear. He showed me the footage and I was looking forward to meeting her. I never got the chance. In 2013 I got a message from the Gorongosa National Park that a poacher had been apprehended with a single long tusk - though he claimed that he that had...
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01/20/2017 at 21:56. Facebook
Hanging with the Mabenzi family and musth male, Viajante, and earning their trust. A day I will remember. We love these elephants. #elephants
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01/19/2017 at 17:43. Facebook
The light in Gorongosa is very unusual - and unlike anywhere else in Africa that I have worked. One of the reasons (though not the only one) is that in the late dry season Gorongosa National Park is often affected by a smokey haze caused by fires. Inside the park fires are started by poachers, who set snares in the burned patches to capture animals (for bushmeat), where the unsuspecting...
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01/18/2017 at 22:33. Facebook
Ah! iJunia, you are magnificence itself. To truly experience the grandeur of elephants you need to literally feel their presence - their breath upon your skin, their voices reverberating to your very core, the warmth of the air that radiates off their bodies, the rhythmic sounds as they move and feed in the long grass. You need to study the how and why of all they do, to look into their...
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01/17/2017 at 21:43. Facebook
The special Amboseli elephants with the Kilimanjaro backdrop.
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01/17/2017 at 20:38. Facebook
Today I gave a lecture in Sandefjord about elephants, poaching and the ivory trade to Fjorden Sesam Kvinnecafe (women's cafe). But this was no ordinary lecture for me as I was speaking in Norwegian (as best I could) to other women immigrants and refugees who are also trying to learn Norwegian. I spoke about how poaching has destroyed families and left elephants as refugees in their own land. I...
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In case you haven't heard the good news: All the collective hard work paid off - Ringling is closing the big top for good!
We woke up in Norway to this stunning news. I remember once saying that I believed that in my lifetime we would be successful in getting the circus to stop using elephants - but this is sensational. The news took me back to the days, weeks, months I spent viewing the videos showing abuse of elephants, writing my affidavit, testifying in court. Ringling won due to a decision by the judge that...
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Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years

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Our friend, photographer Stephanie Freid-Perenchio ([ Stephaniefreidperenchio.com) Link ], has created some fabulous, Limited Edition scarves with elephant motifs that she has selected from her beautiful collection of images. The purpose is to raise awareness for elephants - and support for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and ElephantVoices. We are truly grateful to Stephanie for her...
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The Elephant Scarves | Stephanie Freid-Perenchio

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Balancing act:elephants find a novel way to cross the river without getting wet - a narrow rock bridge.
Big foot has been here!
We are glad to see that this post from July 2015 has reached more than one million people. In it we explain why dyeing elephant tusks is not a realistic way to prevent poaching. This "idea" pops up over and over on social media - and since misinformation does not help protect elephants, we prefer to set the record straight and give you the facts on this and other elephant issues. We hope it is...
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HEARTBREAKING NEWS: We are saddened though not surprised that #Zimbabwe has shipped another load of elephants to #China. Thirty-five elephants are facing a sad destiny in #Chinese wildlife parks and zoos - sentenced to a lifetime in unacceptable conditions. Zimbabwe and China continue a despicable practice.

With sound science as our basis, we have argued for many years against the capture of...
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Zimbabwe quietly sells dozens of elephants to China

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ElephantVoices' position is to be cautiously optimistic after China's recent decision to implement a ban on all ivory trading from the end of this year. We wish that they had enacted it sooner, we are concerned that there may be loopholes, but we believe a strictly enforced ban could lead to a highly significant reduction in the killing of elephants. We thank China for taking this decision....
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China’s ivory ban is great, now for shark fins and tiger bone

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We can hardly find a more positive video clip to end 2016 with than this from Santuário de Elefantes Brasil. It shows elephants Maia and Guida enjoying their new home and acting like elephants. While the core focus of ElephantVoices continues to be the conservation and behavior of elephants in the wild - we are thrilled to see the great results of hard work by our friends, partners and...
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Happy New Year! May 2017 bring peace, joy and all good things to you and your families and friends and to elephants and theirs!
BREAKING NEWS: Here is a good piece of news for elephants at the end of 2016. We applaud the Chinese leadership for this important move to protect these magnificent animals. The decision comes too late for the tens of thousands of elephants who have lost their lives in this miserable trade - and those who will succumb this year. But today we celebrate. We cannot fathom a world without...
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China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017 - BBC News

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Last Saturday I went to the Rio Zoo in Rio de Janeiro. Not because I like going to zoos - but because I needed to observe some elephants. Together with Santuário de Elefantes Brasil ([ Santuariodeelefantes.org.br) Link ] colleagues and some others with relevant expertise, I went to assess the conditions under which Koala and Carla are being kept. The Rio Zoo closed its gates earlier this year...
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For those of you who would like to know a bit more about the context of our elephant conservation work in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, the linked article provides some background, as well as information about the ongoing struggles to conserve this spectacular ecosystem. (Read more about GNP on

One paragraph really struck us as the event it describes occurred while we were in...
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