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yesterday at 15:01. Facebook
Kuki, renowned Kenyan conservationist and author, is an old friend and colleague of ours. Joyce worked with Kuki in the early 1990s when she headed the elephant program at Kenya Wildlife Service and ran an elephant project that was based at Kuki's Laikipia ranch. Our hearts go out to Kuki and her daughter, Sveva, and we hope for Kuki's swift recovery.

The situation is Laikipia is complex and...
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Kuki renowned Kenyan conservationist and author is an old friend and colleague

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

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Tony Palmer
Sandra Dolmatch
Gerald Raath
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04/22/2017 at 11:25. Facebook
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Ginette Loignon
Marcelle McKnight
ElephantVoices
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04/21/2017 at 15:16. Facebook
Meet the beautiful matriarch, Valda. She is the leader of one of Gorongosa's great families. @gorongosapark @natgeo @natgeowild #elephant #worthmorealive
Meet the beautiful matriarch Valda She is the leader of one of
Elizabeth Volkmann
Beatrice Pinkerton
Mary Tolladay
ElephantVoices
ElephantVoices
04/18/2017 at 18:29. Facebook
We are very grateful for a recent donation from Stephanie Freid-Perenchio (Stephanie Freid-Perenchio Photography) - the result of a long-term campaign for elephants and other wildlife launched a few months ago. The campaign is based on Stephanie's own photographs and the creation of exclusive limited-edition elephant scarves - take a look at her photographs by visiting [...
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We are very grateful for a recent donation from Stephanie FreidPerenchio Stephanie

The Elephant Scarves | Stephanie Freid-Perenchio

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Beverley Whittaker
Baby elephants are extremely curious, and sometimes that leads them to some meters away from the mother and family. When they discover that - SCARY! The way they then rush toward their mother on their small legs and "uncontrolled" trunk and ears can be quite a sight. When the baby is back with, or under, its mother life is good once again:-). Life for a baby elephant is, to a large extent,...
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Baby elephants are extremely curious and sometimes that leads them to some
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Deborah Fisher
Photos taken by our friend and ElephantVoices Brasil volunteer and supporter Ana Zinger continue to amaze us - elephants being the target or not. Having become a warm friend of Africa she is among those supporting conservation by visiting places elephants roam - and by spreading the word.

Elephants and we need many like her, and like you. The millions of photos of elephants posted here on...
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Photos taken by our friend and ElephantVoices Brasil volunteer and supporter Ana
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Provocadora and her calves pictured in 2013 in the palm forest, Gorongosa National Park. She disappeared in 2014 and is presumed dead. We really miss her. She was both beautiful and a spectacular example of a matriarch. We are sure she is missed by her family - the Mabenzis. We feel priviledged to have known her. @gorongosapark @natgeo @pbs @bobpoolefilms
Provocadora and her calves pictured in 2013 in the palm forest Gorongosa
Elizabeth Volkmann
Marlene Gabriel
Emanda Hillier
An unusually misty and chilly day in the dry season of 2013 when we were filming Gorongosa: Rebirth of Paradise. We found the Mabenzi family eating seed pods under the Albidia trees. The light was rather magical. #gorongosareborn @gorongosapark @natgeo @natgeowild @pbs @bobpoolefilms
An unusually misty and chilly day in the dry season of 2013
Tess Namon
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Lee Busby
Mwana Nzo emerges from the forest with her family - brown on green-brown makes for good camouflage. Gorongosa National Park is not the easiest place to study elephants. The habitat is thick and forested, the elephants are reclusive. Sometimes we search all day - driving a hundred kilometres without finding any at all. Often we have likely driven right past them without seeing them. A tiny...
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Mwana Nzo emerges from the forest with her family brown on greenbrown
Steffie Müller
Irmtraut Hecht Fakla
Ethel M. Kitchel
Regarding yesterday's post - the linked article about some of the young elephants in China appeared in the Guardian on the same day. Please share - people should know what such deals are about.

"The video has been reviewed by elephant experts, including Joyce Poole, co-founder of the Kenya-based ElephantVoices and renowned specialist on elephant behaviour. “They appear rather listless,” she...
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Regarding yesterdays post the linked article about some of the young elephants

Secret footage obtained of the wild elephants sold into captivity in Chinese zoos

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Kayla Kostelac
Dawn Maguire
Jill Robinson
Joyce wrote this blog post after her little tour in China in 2013. Some of you may find it interesting to read through her reflections after having discussed elephant welfare issues and the poaching crisis with a broad range of people in China and Hong Kong. She met a big group of zoo people, Government representatives and wildlife organisations - and individuals who work hard for what they...
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Joyce wrote this blog post after her little tour in China in

Joyce Poole: The Ivory Trade - China's Elephant in the Room

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Joanne Friedman
Judy Merrick
The Mabenzis are our best known family of elephants in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Here they are with the two oldest females leading a Phalanx. Valente is on the far right and Mwana Nzo is the tuskless female on the left. While Mwana Nzo often appears to be "in charge", if you watch closely she waits for subtle signals from Valente. The two are very closely bonded. You can learn...
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The Mabenzis are our best known family of elephants in Gorongosa National
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Marlene Gabriel
Today's Elephant Snippet, from ElephantVoices.org:
Elephants have a keen sense of smell and just as we use our sight an elephant makes use of her sense of smell constantly. When we want to learn more about what an elephant is thinking or where her attention is directed, we don't look at her gaze (as we would with a person), but at the tip of her trunk. The tip of an elephant's trunk is always...
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Today's Elephant Snippet from ElephantVoicesorg:

Chemical communication

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Brenda Szasz
A recent initiative in the US Congress could end up being a new threat to African elephants. Bill H.R. 226 African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act amends the African Elephant Conservation Act of 1988. If this suggested “conservation” legislation becomes reality it is a big step in the wrong direction - in favor of trophy hunting and loopholes related to domestic trade in...
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A recent initiative in the US Congress could end up being a

H.R.226 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act

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Jeanne Barrett
Mona Doyle
Kory Moore
While recent initiatives in the US could represent a setback in the global fight against the ivory poaching - the situation in China gives reason for hope. Today, 31st March, 67 ivory carving factories and retail shops close down as a direct consequence of China's promise to stop the domestic ivory trade before the end of 2017.

The linked article also refers to figures recently published by...
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While recent initiatives in the US could represent a setback in the

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

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John Lam
Jody Barker Gillespie
R.A. Parr
One of the most popular pages on in terms of "hits" is that on elephant acoustic communication. Here you can learn about the calls elephant make as well as play quite a few of them.

We invite you to visit if you haven't been there already - to learn some more about the complex way in which elephants communicate with one another. They are pretty good at it ;-) with acoustic, visual, tactile,...
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One of the most popular pages on wwwelephantvoicesorg in terms of hits

Acoustic communication

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Sandra Clinger
Patty M. Atkinson
Sherri Grunden
The focus on China in the discussion about the elephant poaching crisis over the last few years is well deserved - but other countries are certainly also to blame. The UK is among those that could have done much more to protect elephants over the years. It is sad and disturbing that the UK Government continues to dig in its heels against legislation that would stop trade of ivory and protect...
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The focus on China in the discussion about the elephant poaching crisis

UK'S 30 YEAR ROLE IN ELEPHANT POACHING | Dave Currey Photographer Writer Environmentalist

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Maria T Kitson
Agnes Fleming
Esme' Blair
I took this photograph back in May 2015 in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. It is not a particularly good shot - I was a long distance away handholding a huge telephoto lens. The point is that it shows some behavior that is fairly unusual. The elephant on the right is an enormous female - gf0061 and the elephant on the left is a young male gm0081. They are sparring - playful behavior that...
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I took this photograph back in May 2015 in Gorongosa National Park
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Brenda Szasz
Patty M. Atkinson
There has been a lot of outrage expressed on Facebook about the plan by Timbavati Reserve in South Africa to put a great tusker on their quota to be hunted. There are a whole slew of reasons why a great tusker should not be killed, but we want to focus on just one.

Joyce is the lead author on a chapter entitled "Longevity, Competition and Musth: A Long-Term Perspective on Male Reproductive...
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There has been a lot of outrage expressed on Facebook about the

Timbavati risks tourist backlash to hunt a super tusker | Daily Maverick

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Mike Farrell
Sarah Dowdall Muhoho
Helen Neni Dobson
This piece, written by Yury Fedotov Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, was published on World Wildlife Day, 3 March. The piece is short, clear and, unfortunately, quite timeless - every year, month, week, day, extinction knocks on species and ecosystems. "The tragic truth is that poaching and trafficking of wildlife is wrecking the natural world", writes Fedotov. It is killing...
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This piece written by Yury Fedotov Executive Director UN Office on Drugs

When Extinction Knocks, There Are No Second Chances

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Brenda Szasz
Monic Rijkhoff
Jen Roberts