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Two days ago we asked our followers to suggest some names for the I family in Gorongosa National Park. Angela Sherrill suggested the name Iphegenia "born to be strong". If, indeed, that is what the name means we felt that it works very well for gf0046, who is both brave and strong. Here she is photographed in October 2016.

Thank you for all your suggestions - we have more to share with you...
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02/26/2017 at 17:30. Facebook
We hope you are enjoying your Sunday! We have a suggestion for those of you who haven't seen the six-part documentary series Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise, that premiered in 2015: Watch it! And if all six episodes is a bit much for one day:-) - why not spend a bit of your Sunday to learn more about the Gorongosa elephants and our work with them? You will meet some of the other wild...
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Episode 5 | Battle Lines | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

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02/25/2017 at 16:23. Facebook
Here is one of our best known Gorongosa families in smokey evening light, which bathed everything a yellowish tone. We start by giving elephants numbers until we have a pretty good idea which family they belong to.

We are finally at a stage where we can begin giving elephants names. Since Portuguese is Mozambique's national language we are trying to give them Portuguese names. This is the I...
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02/22/2017 at 17:10. Facebook
Allow me to be proud of my life partner and ElephantVoices' colleague and co-founder, Joyce Poole, who has been named 2017 Horace Dutton Taft Medal Honoree at Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. She will receive Taft's highest alumni award at the Old Guard Dinner on Alumni Weekend, 12th May.

In the linked story the headline is: "A passionate Voice for Justice". I 100% agree with that. To...
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The Taft School - News

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02/21/2017 at 18:20. Facebook
Marcela (previously known as "Pointy-Tusks") and gf0025 with their calves, on a misty morning in 2013 in Gorongosa National Park. These elephants are from the Mabenzi family, notorious for their incredibly coordinated 36-elephant-strong Group-Charges. This photograph was taken with a very long and heavy lens from about 100 meters away.

During our latest field trip in October 2016 we had a...
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Some of you may not have been able to see the six-part documentary series from Gorongosa that premiered in 2015. You can still do it on PBS LearningMedia - we have linked episode 2, which gives some insight into Gorongosa and its elephants.

We have seen some changes in behavior since this documentary series was filmed - which we will tell you more about during our next meeting with these...
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Episode 2 | Elephant Whisperer | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

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Yay ATE - 40 years of elephant social history reviewed in 90 seconds! So cool!

Studying wild elephants

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Our old friends and colleagues at Amboseli Trust for Elephants are very excited about this way of illustrating the changes in the Amboseli elephant population over four decades - and we are, too! Having spent a substantial part of our lives in Amboseli National Park we have met quite a few of the elephants symbolised on this rather amazing visualization.

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Studying wild elephants

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While many of us hardly can believe the chaos surrounding the new administration in the US - we try hard to focus on and understand what policies and actions will affect our cause. Many signals given are worrying - and certainly not in the best interest of elephants and their welfare.

If you want to share your knowledge or thoughts about what is and could be happening, please do so. If you...
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Lawmakers protest removal of animal inspection reports

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This photo is a screenshot from some thermal camera filming we were involved in 2011 in Gorongosa National Park while working with Nat Geo Wild. Imagine my excitement now when I recognized who this elephant is! The notches and tears are now so familiar to me. This is Isabella of the I family in @gorongosapark. Notice how much cooler her ears are than the rest of her body.

Elephants use their...
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Love is in the air - or the elephant equivalent. This photograph of Erin and Ed was taken immediately after they had mated. Erin was especially excited cozying up to Ed who was a little too exhausted to respond very much. The two would have been consorting for a couple of days and mated on average every 8 hours. Although an elephant mating lasts only 45 seconds, Ed would have ejaculated about...
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Two infants from Pat Derby’s family romp around before an afternoon siesta on Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya. They have the shade of an acacia tree and that provided by their mother’s bodies. Elephants are extremely tactile animals and baby elephants love to roll about together and clamber on top of one another. We never tire of their antics - we hope you feel the same! National Geographic...
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Infant elephants have a lot of fun - so much so that sometimes they don’t notice that others are starting to move on (though of course no one would leave him behind). The reaction of Pat Derby’s son, when he suddenly realises that his mother has walked a few steps away, is so cute! He is like a little wind-up-toy elephant. We are glad if this short clip lifts your spirit a tiny little bit...
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Over time we have posted a number of photos on this page with examples of what we call Periscope-Sniffing - because it is such a classic elephant gesture. If you were an egret ([ Wikipedia.org Link ] sitting on the back of an elephant you would see this pose numerous times a day.

Elephants lift their trunks in this periscope-shape to detect scents carried on the wind. An elephant's sense of...
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It is heartwarming to see the Mabenzi family in Gorongosa National Park behaving like an Amboseli or Mara family in Kenya - well, almost. A few raised trunks are checking to make sure that we are the kind scientists that they are familiar with:-). Have a great weekend! #elephants #gorongosa WildiZe Foundation National Geographic Elephant Crisis Fund
Most of us love to see playing elephants - and young elephants certainly play a lot when they have the chance and the energy. Some years ago we posted this little video clip, taken from a longer compilation showing all kinds of amazing techniques a group of elephants used to get down a slippery river bank in the Maasai Mara. We filmed, took photos and laughed - not the best combination if you...
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Mara elephant sliding down riverbank

This female elephant was among ten family members crossing the Sand River near the Maasai Mara's Sand River Gate one late afternoon in August 2012. ElephantV...

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We do not endorse research done on captive elephants or other animals, but this clip demonstrates rather nicely what has been know for decades: Just a couple of the amazing abilities of the trunk of elephants. You can read some more about this study was about in the linked article in Science - the way elephants can manipulate an object as small as a seed and as big as a huge log is pretty...
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Watch an elephant pick up a tortilla chip with her trunk—without breaking it

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We often think about the many rangers in the field who are doing a fantastic job protecting wildlife from poachers and other threats. It is tough work, often with long patrols through difficult terrain, in blistering heat or torrential rains. At night they may stay awake for hours listening for whispered voices, footfalls or the sound of breaking branches - waiting to ambush a gang of...
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Many artists use #elephants as inspiration for their artistic efforts - and you will not be surprised to hear that we totally understand that energy. Doug Aja is an old friend from Vermont whom we have met in Africa many times - we are happy to see that he was selected the AFC Conservation Artist for the Month for January, 2017. African elephants have been the subjects for many works of Doug’s...
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Douglas Aja | Artists for Conservation

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I love filming elephants with my bro, @bobpoolefilms. Here we were working together in the Mara on an @natgeowild film Little Giant. Not pictured @pettergr @ginapooleidaho and @joycehpoole