Events

Tusk USA is generously organizing a reception for ElephantVoices at the Explorer's Club in New York City on Wednesday 15th May, where Joyce will be holding a lecture: An Elephant Network: Conservation and the Power of the Crowd in the Maasai Mara. The funds raised will go toward Elephant Partners, ElephantVoices' citizen science-based conservation initiative for the Maasai Mara ecosystem. You'll find more details about the venue on the invitation card - click on it to enlarge - and visit Eventbrite to secure your attendance.

To reach our ambitious goals for this project we are looking at a three-year horizon (to end 2015), with our own time, the running of our old Toyota Land Cruiser, equipment, lodging and material for educational outreach in the Mara, as primary cost components. We will be spending six months of each year in Kenya. Elephant Partners engages guides, scouts, researchers, photographers, tourists, and people of the Maasai Mara ecosystem in the monitoring and protection of elephants through the use of unique cellphone- and web-solutions developed by ElephantVoices. Using the Internet and social and educational media, and hands-on training, we are developing a community of Elephant Partners who are sharing their knowledge of the Mara elephants and working together to protect them. Come and hear what we have learned about the elephants through the eyes and ears of many.

Please RSVP through http://tuskusa-joycepoole.eventbrite.com - and share this page (upper right corner) with others who may be interested in attending! If you cannot attend, but want to support, please check out our dedicated page on Crowdrise or visit our donation page on ElephantVoices.

We look forward to seeing you at the Explorer's Club!

Trumpets, Joyce and Petter

An international workshop focused on ethical treatment of captive, domestic and wild elephants takes place in Washington DC 18 to 21 March. The workshop is being organized by the Smithsonian National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center, in collaboration with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Joyce is among the participants at the workshop. Her talk has the title: Elephant Sociability and Complexity: The Scientific Evidence

You will find Conference program and registration forms at:
http://natzoo.si.edu/NeverForgetting/default.cfm

Cheers, Petter/SEVP

It has taken more time and energy to establish ourselves in Norway than we expected and for this reason ElephantVoices has been rather quiet lately when it comes to online activities. We are slowly getting there, and have high ambitions for activity on the site in 2005.

On 22 December Joyce will present her work and ElephantVoices in a public lecture in Ketchum, Idaho, at the nexStage Theatre at 7pm. A reception for interested people will follow. Then on 28 December Joyce will be at Iconoclast Books in Ketchum, Idaho to sign copies of her book, “Coming of Age With Elephants

Joyce and Petter will be on an ATE/ElephantVoices lecture and fundraising tour in the US from 29th January to 12 February. During their stay they will give lectures and hold discussions with students at The Taft School and Vermont Academy, and have meetings with legislators, sponsors and the media.

On February 5th Joyce will give a lecture at The Explorers Club in New York.

Due to unexpected events the report from our month long field trip to Kenya ending 7. January will have to wait until the second half of February.

Greetings, Petter/ElephantVoices

Due to a family tragedy the ElephantVoices website has not been prioritized the last few months, but we are slowly getting back to speed. In this newsletter you will find some short notes from various activities and events since our last update.Amboseli tourists (©ElephantVoices)

Our field trip from 9. December to 6. January was a productive one despite heavy rain and flooding in Amboseli. A large lake developed next to our camp, and a pair of hippos moved in. Field work focused on acquiring additional sound recordings and photographs, in addition to various administrative tasks. The frequent downpours and the high number of tourists reduced our quality time with the elephants, though.ElephantVoices  field vehicle, Amboseli. (©ElephantVoices)

To celebrate Christmas in Amboseli's animal kingdom is a uniquely wonderous and peaceful event - quite far away from the commercial circus in more urban surroundings.

Petter put in substantial efforts preparing for a new high-end solar system in the research camp. We now receive 220 volt from a photovoltaic "power plant" by the dining tent, instead of drawing from individual, 12 volt systems. This development is certainly a milestone. The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) under the direction of one of it's supporters, Stephen Gold, is behind this incredible donation. Gold has achieved this through corporate donations of solar components and private donations to acquire other hardware. Donors include British Petroleum, Outback Power Systems, Solar Depot, Deka Batteries and others. Gold, who lives in Noe Valley in San Francisco, is a passionate proponent of solar energy. You will find some photos from the installation here.

Joyce and  Petter discussing ethics regarding elephants at The Taft School. (Photo:  Taft)Joyce and Petters ATE/ElephantVoices lecture and fundraising tour to the US from 29th January to 12 February went according to plan. Lectures and discussions at The Taft School, Vermont Academy and The Explorers Club, New York, were among events along the way. Check out the Science & the City podcast (Webzine of The New York Academy of Sciences) from The Explorers Club lecture - "Speaking Truths About Elephants".

You may enjoy visiting the PBS website describing a recent film "Unforgettable Elephants", about filmmaker Martyn Colbecks work. In creating the three films about Echo's family, Martyn has been a frequent visitor to Amboseli over the last 15 years, and knows our study elephants extremely well!

You may also wish to visit the Amboseli Biosphere Reserve WikiProject, a collaborative workspace for stakeholders dedicated to improving knowledge and guiding natural resource conservation and management in and around the Amboseli Biosphere Reserve.

Joyce is in Amboseli from 12th. to 24th. April, mainly working on ATE's new digital elephant ID database and other important research issues.

Greetings, Petter/ElephantVoices

Joyce was in Amboseli from 12-24 April, mainly working on the new ATE digital elephant ID database and the upcoming Amboseli book.
(©ElephantVoices)
Project manager Soila Sayialel, Robert Sayialel and Norah Njiraini working with the ID database in "Echo Romeo Hotel", ATE's field office i Amboseli

In general the book, The Amboseli Elephants: A long-term perspective on a long-lived mammal, has been close to an all consuming task during the last few months. The book will present the accumulated findings of more than 30 years of research on the Amboseli elephant population. Almost 20 scientists who have been involved in the Amboseli project over the years are contributing to what will be a vital source of information for people interested in or working with elephants.

With our contributions to the Amboseli book soon off our hands we plan to use more energy on the development of the elephant communication database on ElephantVoices.

Elephantvoices' FAQ about elephants in captivity was updated in the beginning of July. The changes are mainly related to the first ten questions/answers. Some more documents are linked, and also included in the welfare documents page. Among these are the resent updated version of ATE's statement about elephants in circuses.

Some good news: Today we learned that icon the statement (161.77 kB) we prepared late last year arguing against the capture of wild elephants for elephant back safaris has been successfully used in a South African court case to protect elephants.

We are on behalf of all elephants also happy that African governments reached an agreement during the last CITES meeting in the Hague that gives a nine year ban on further ivory trade. You can read more about the long and controversial "ivory saga" here.

We are soon off on our summer holiday with our eager seafarer, Malita, and wish you all a pleasant and relaxed summer!


Greetings, Petter/ElephantVoices
Joyce will be giving a talk at a seminar entitled
Comparative perspectives on the evolution of language
at University of
St Andrews
, Scotland, 28th and 29 August. The title of her talk is "Big talkers: Elephant communication
and sociality". The seminar is the last in a series called "Evolutionary Approaches to Culture, Cognition and Communication".

Greetings, Petter/ElephantVoices
Joyce and Petter will be on an ATE/ElephantVoices lecture and fundraising tour in the US from 29th January to 12 February. Lectures, presentations and meetings in San Francisco (15/16), Bozeman - Museum of the Rockies (17), Big Sky - Ophir School (18), Jackson Hole (18 - 20, public lecture 20th at National Museum of Wildlife Art, San Francisco (24 - 26) and Los Angeles (27) are on their tight schedule. They will also visit PAWS.

Greetings, Petter/ElephantVoices

Joyce Poole and Petter Granli met many people interested in and even passionate about elephants and the work of ATE and ElephantVoices during their two week lecture and fundraising tour. We are fully dependant on the generosity of individuals to continue our long-term research, conservation and welfare efforts. The good news is therefore that the lectures and meetings in Bozeman, Jackson Hole, San Francisco and Los Angeles led to substantial financial support.

We are all extremely grateful for the many generous donations - and warm thanks to the hosts, organizers and helpers who contributed so much along the way!

Ruby  (previously LA Zoo), Ed Stewart, Joyce, Pat Derby, Petter  During their tour Joyce and Petter also visited PAWS, to meet Pat Derby, Ed Stewart and their elephants. It is wonderful to see how quickly elephants begin to act like elephants once they have access to space and companions...

Greetings, Petter/ElephantVoices

Joyce is travelling to South Africa on 7th November to attend a workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, on 8th November to discuss the draft Norms and Standards that will set policy for future elephant management in the country. This workshop will be dealing solely with issues relating to captive elephants.

The workshop is being held by the Department of Environment and Tourism to provide the "elephant industry" (trainers and elephant back safari operators), animal welfare groups and elephant scientists a platform to present information and evidence to be considered in the setting of protocols. Joyce has been invited to participate as an elephant ethologist and will be presenting evidence as to why South Africa should outlaw the capture of wild elephants and put an end to the training of elephants for circuses and elephant back safaris.

Greetings, Petter/ElephantVoices

Despite the current turmoil in the world's financial markets we continue to prepare for our fund raising tour to the Bay Area and Los Angeles, California between 7-20th November. Elephants have amazing senses, but I doubt that they have picked up on the quaking stock markets :)

Arriving in San Francisco two days after the election of a new American President contributes towards the anticipation associated with this trip - we are keeping fingers crossed that the result brings about some new found optimism! Thanks to the incredibly hard work of good friends and supporters in California, there are going to be several events in the San Francisco area and Los Angeles. There are smaller, more intimate events and some for a larger crowd - the gathering at the Bollyhood Cafe in San Francisco on 13 November and the luncheon at The Elephant Habitat at ARK 2000 (PAWS, San Andreas) on 15 November should be very lively. An informal talk, images and elephant vocals will be among the ingredients of the events. Raising funds for our Minneriya-Kaudulla Elephant Project will be a main focus of our California 7 to 20 November tour. Come and learn more about it!

We would love to see anyone interested in our work at one or more of these quite different events - you can take a look at what's on offer by reading or downloading a .pdf file with an overview of San Francisco events and contact names here. We have two events in Los Angeles, on 16 and 19 November, contact us on info(at)elephantvoices.org for more info.

We look forward to seeing you!

Some of you have seen the responses (online or in person) of Ruby, Maggie, Mara and Lulu to some elephant sounds that I played to them when Petter and I visited Ark2000 on 15 November for a joint fundraiser for PAWS and ElephantVoices. Their responses were so strong that some people have been concerned that the sounds were upsetting to the girls.

I want to take a moment here to address that concern. Over the years we have been approached a few times by people who have wanted to use some of the calls in our collection as enrichment for elephants in zoos. I have been reluctant to allow our recordings for this purpose because I have felt that people who didn’t understand the calls or the responses of the elephants to them could misuse them. I also feel that elephants are smart enough to figure out pretty quickly that the sounds are just a ploy – that there aren’t any real elephant out there to be companions - and then playing them is just unkind.

The situation at PAWS was different because I was there, able to monitor the elephants, along with Pat, Ed, and all the others who work with these individuals and know their behavior and responses so well. Also, having watched these elephants in the past, I knew I was dealing with individuals who were relaxed and well integrated and, in particular, were elephants who had one another’s companionship and support to rely on.


Joyce playing sounds for PAWS elephants. (©ElephantVoices)

Petter and I played several sounds to the PAWS elephants. The first was a musth rumble (made only by sexually active males), followed by a mating pandemonium (the excitement that follows a mating), and then a sequence in which a calf screamed (because a lion jumped on it) which was immediately followed by the angry sounds of mother elephants threatening the lion and calling in members of their family for support.

So how did Ruby, Maggie, Mara and Lulu respond to these sounds?

When the musth rumble was played:
Maggie and Mara were near fence and were very relaxed until the sound is played. They lifted their heads, Mara folded her ears (a threat) and they first ran away (they were taken by surprise by a sound nearby that they didn’t expect) and then Mara turned toward the speaker. She whirled and trumpeted with excitement (Not with fear) and they all ran together, spun around, trumpeted and rumbled (throaty and modulated sound – typical excited rumble) and then some of the elephants urinated. This is typical of a high level excited response of females to the sound of a musth rumble in the wild. The manner in which they spun around together showed how bonded they are.

When the mating pandemonium was played:
The four elephants were some distance off. They listened to the sounds of many elephants and appeared not sure what to do. They started to walk away, then stopped. Ruby was in the front and was contemplating what to do. She turned her head from one side to the other trying to localize/ understand the source of the sound. She appeared unsure of what to do.

When the scream and antipredator rumbles were played:
As soon as the calf screamed, Ruby paid attention. As the mother elephants began their loud roaring rumbles, Ruby came forward and then charged uphill toward the sound and stood tall (aggressive) near the fence. Then she ran back to the other elephants and backed into them. They trumpeted and bunch in a defensive formation. Ruby charged uphill again and gave a trumpet blast – as might be given toward a predator. All the elephants moved away in a bunched formation. They held their heads high with their trunks curled under in an apprehensive posture.

The elephants heard a calf in danger and the sounds of other elephants threatening a predator and calling for help. They responded just as they would in the wild – with alarm and then with anger. Ruby showed real leadership - she acted like a mother and a matriarch in the situation and came to the defence of the group – exactly the kind of response that one would expect to see in the wild.

While it may be rare for captive elephants to react so strongly to a stimulus, the responses were very typical of wild elephants and we were able to observe a range of reactions from high-level social excitement to fierce defence. In the wild when we do playback experiments we hope for reactions like this. I have many videos of elephants running from sounds, bunching, charging and some in which they do not respond with more than listening behavior. Playbacks are a tool for learning what these sounds mean.

The elephants’ responses showed just what a strong leader Ruby (from LA Zoo) has becomes and how tight the bonds are between the four elephants. PAWS can be extremely proud of the work they have done to facilitate the development of this family unit.

Trumpets, Joyce

Joyce was in Spain 3rd to 7th April, giving lectures in Barcelona and Madrid about elephant communication and the work of ElephantVoices. Television Espanola and BBC Spain was among the media covering her lecture. Others were Actualidad Terra, the Spanish news agency Agencia EFE, Garrafex News and mascotas.com.

Greetings, Petter/ElephantVoices

Some of you may be able to visit our table at the World Conservation Networks 2008 wildlife conservation expo Saturday, October 4. The expo takes place at Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco. You'll find a flyer about the event here. Welcome!

Joyce left yesterday morning for Washington DC, where she Wednesday is going to participate in a panel discussion for National Geographic staff about elephant management and their future. She will also attend a public lecture Tuesday 9. September - where old friend and colleague Iain Douglas Hamilton and others will present the story in the September issue of National Geographic Magazine about the Samburu elephants and discuss future prospects of Africa’s majestic elephants.

Event  overview ElephantVoices in California Nov. 2008 As many of you have seen and know, Joyce and I will be visiting California from 6 to 20 November. Together with friends, supporters and collaborators we're holding several fundraisers, as you might have seen from the previously posted event overview. The timing is, admittedly, a bit more exciting than we planned - considering the global financial unrest. The election of a new US President a couple of days before our arrival may trigger some new optimism, though, which could be good for all of us, including elephants...

We lean towards a statement from one of our SF friends: At this stage it is much better to think about elephants than finances! And what we do know is that elephants need us more than ever - and even more so because of what may follow this economical downturn. If you would like more information about our work don't hesitate to get in touch. We're currently doing a major revision of elephantvoices.org, and hope to launch the new version during December after some unfortunate delays. During the next few months the site will be expanded in ways that we believe many of you will like and find interesting, especially if you enjoy the voices of elephants. It will also include interactive information about our new elephant conservation project in Sri Lanka. Another of our goals is to improve how you can access and subscribe to our news. Please be patient while we are preparing the changes!

We hope you will follow the work of ElephantVoices in the years to come - it would be great to see you in person during our upcoming fundraising tour!

Best wishes, Petter

Female  elephant in Minneriya, Sri Lanka. (©ElephantVoices)

We're getting very close to Christmas and the end of the year, and want to use this opportunity to send warm wishes and a heart felt thank you to all of you around the world who support elephants and our work financially or in other ways. Our best wishes and thanks also go to all those who work so hard to protect the many species in need - keep up the good work!

We had a good time during our hectic lecture and fundraising trip in California in November - and we are extremely grateful for all the warm hospitality, good friendship and generosity we experienced during our two week visit. The global financial crisis does not create the best atmosphere in which to raise funds, but the new American President (elect) and a newborn Obama in Amboseli keep us optimistic!

Cooking  party Sausalito. Photo: PartiesThatCook
Vegetarian cooking party at our friend Coco's house in Sausalito 8 November, a lively event to promote the interests of elephants and the work of ElephantVoices. (Photo: PartiesThatCook)

From ElephantVoices event in Pacific Palisades
For a second year in a row we enjoyed the warm hospitality of Patty and Doug (and their 6 dogs) during a vegan reception at their home in Pacific Palisades, 16 November. (Photo: Tim Stahl)

It's been a very busy year, as usual, which you can read more about in our End Year letter. In 2009 we intend to spend about half of our time on our new Sri Lankan project, a quarter on our Amboseli work and the remainder on advocacy. Petter and/or I will be in the field in Kenya in January, and part of February and March, and in Sri Lanka in June and again in September. Manori Gunawardena will be in Minneriya-Kaudulla throughout the year and Blake Murray will be helping us to collect and analyze data in Amboseli. Public awareness and education are elements that runs through all of our work, so you will continue to hear from us whether we are in the field or not.

Captive elephant
As advancements in science contribute to our growing understanding of elephants we continue to put substantial time and effort into influencing welfare policy so that elephant interests are met. The elephant Watoto (Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle) in the photo is blurred due to stereotypical swaying - a behavior that expresses the massive frustration caused by confinement. (Photo: Alyne Fortgang)

Elephant Sri Lanka

Amboseli elephants

During 2009 we look forward to being with our long-term elephant friends in Amboseli, Kenya, and with our new acquaintences in Minneriya-Kaudulla, Sri Lanka. And, of course, to working with our colleagues in Amboseli and with Manori and our many new colleagues in Sri Lanka. The survival of wild elephants depends on finding a balance between the needs of people and elephants - a task that requires the collaborative work of people all over the world. In order to find ways for people and elephants to co-exist in Minneriya-Kaudulla we must start by defining the basic needs of an elephant population that seems to number over 1,000 individuals rather than the previous estimate of 450 - we have our work for 2009 cut out for us!

We wish you all a festive holiday season and a peaceful 2009 for all creatures! Link to Christmas decoration

Warm Greetings, Joyce and Petter

We would like to inform all ElephantVoices friends that we will be in California on a fundraising trip later this year. We plan to be in the San Francisco from 7 to 14 November and in Los Angeles 14 - 20 November. We are already busy planning various events.

If you are from California we would certainly be grateful for ideas or input regarding our visit - and you can also send an email to us if you want to be invited to any of the events being arranged. Our research on elephant cognition and communication, our scientific and popular publications, our advocacy work for elephants, our website updates are all dependent on individuals like you.

To continue to protect elephants we need your support.

Best wishes, Petter and Joyce

2008 WCN Expo Flyer. Some of you may be able to visit our table at the World Conservation Networks 2008 wildlife conservation expo Saturday, October 4.

The expo takes place at Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco - check for more info on www.wildnet.org. Welcome!

Joyce left this morning for Washington DC, where she Wednesday is going to participate in a panel discussion for National Geographic staff about elephant management and their future. She will also attend a public lecture on Tuesday - where old friend and colleague Iain Douglas-Hamilton and others will present the story in the September issue of National Geographic Magazine about the Samburu elephants and discuss future prospects of Africa’s majestic elephants.

Dear elephant friends!

For those of you living in the US: Sandip Roy Chowdhury will be talking with Joyce Poole on "New America Now: Dispatches from the New Majority," which airs Friday Nov 14th at 1:00 p.m. and repeats Sunday at 3:00 p.m. on KALW, 91.7 FM.

You can hear an interview with Joyce on AnimalVoices, an alternative radio in Vancouver, via the player below. The interview with Karl Losken was aired on 31st October.
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At 4 am this morning we were awoken by two alarm clocks - not wanting to risk that one would let us down. A couple of hours later we departed for our two week event and fundraising tour in California. We're looking forward to see friends, elephant supporters and even elephants (at PAWS, where we have a joint event on Saturday 15th Nov.), while at the same time experience the excitement of an historical election. With strong roots in Kenya (and plenty of other good reasons, too) no-one should be surprised that we are happy that Barack Obama will soon be the new President of the United States of America. We are among those convinced that he will strengthen America in a way that will be good for everyone. Barack is Kiswahili for blessing and he is indeed a blessing.

Waiting at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam for our next flight, we watched another BBC news piece describing the impact of increased ivory poaching on the world's biggest land mammal - and expressing fears that the recent ivory auctions, sanctioned by CITES, will stimulate that growing threat. More and more elephants are succumbing to poaching fueled by the ivory trade and the press needs to bring this to the world's attention. Despite difficult times for the financial markets around the world, and for most of us as a consequence, we are hopeful that the people we meet during our California tour will continue to support our elephant work.

Best wishes, Petter and Joyce

After almost two weeks on the road with several events and fundraisers behind us, we depart from California and Los Angeles this afternoon. We're busy packing so we don't have time for more than a very short summary of our trip.

ElephantVoices  visiting PAWS. (©ElephantVoices)The tour started with a cooking party and two other events in San Francisco, continued with a joint event at PAWS in San Andreas. You can see a video from this event here, including footage of Joyce's talk and of the responses of Ruby, Maggie, Mara and Lulu to some elephant sounds that we played to them. Their response was so strong that some people were worried that the sounds were upsetting to the girls. While it may be rare for captive elephants to react so strongly to a stimulus, the responses were very typical of wild elephants and we were able to observe a range of responses from high social excitement to fierce defence. Their response showed just what a strong leader Ruby has becomes and how tight the bonds are between the four elephants. PAWS can be extremely proud of the work they have done to facilitate the development of this family unit.

Georja Umano, Petter and JoyceWe finally had an event and fundraiser in the home of a good friend in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, on Sunday 16th November. The last three days of our visit ended up being much more hectic than planned, mainly because of meetings and press briefings related to our involvement in discussions regarding the future of elephants, including Billy, at LA Zoo.

On Tuesday Joyce participated in a press conference arranged by councilman Tony Cardenas of Los Angeles County Council. NBC Los Angeles, CBS Los Angeles and dailybreeze.com, laist and Fox LA are among the media that have covered the case. The vote was planned for Wednesday, but after 5 intense hours on the floor it has been delayed until the first week of December. (Article in LA Times here)

Petter,  Joyce and Councilman Tony Cardenas visiting LA Zoo.

We strongly hope the LA County Council will decide to close the exhibit and send Billy to a sanctuary. An urban zoo cannot offer the space necessary for a such a large, active, social, and intelligent animal as the elephant. We're extremely grateful for all the support and help we have received during our trip - it's been exhausting but has also given us lots of new energy. We have made new friends, and hopefully created more compassion for elephants among people that we have met on our way. We look forward to keeping in touch with all of you caring for elephants. Thanks!

Petter and Joyce

The Performing Animal Welfare Society's (PAWS) 25th Anniversary Gala and Conference takes place at ARK2000 in San Andreas, California, from 24 to 26 April. Joyce is one of the keynote speakers, and will participate throughout the conference.  Join leading wildlife and captive wildlife experts for an interactive full 3-Day Conference!

ElephantVoices' Joyce and Petter will be at several events in California during October 2009. You will find more details about each event and how to attend below. We wish you warmly welcome!

If you like to bid on items auctioned out to the benefit of ElephantVoices during October 2009 look at the bottom of this page and check out our Celebrity Endorsements page.

Wildlife Conservation Network Expo Day 3 October

ElephantVoices was represented by ElephantVoices board member, Coco Hall, at the Wildlife Conservation Network's Expo Day. The event took place Saturday, October 3rd, 10am - 6pm, at Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens St, San Francisco. You can also read about the event in this flyer.

Fundraiser for ElephantVoices in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, 18 October

Patty Shenker and Doug Stoll will host a reception at their home, on Sunday 18th October, 3 to 6 pm. You will find an invite with all necessary information on how to attend here.

Lecture: The Living Desert, near Palm Springs, 19 October

Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Lecture: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara, 21 October

The lecture at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum starts at 7:00 pm.

Fundraiser for ElephantVoices in Sausalito, 25 October

Coco Hall will host an event at her home in Sausalito on 25 October, 5 to 7 pm. You will find an invitation with all necessary information here.

Lecture/event Oakland Zoo, 28 October

Oakland Zoo will host a Joyce Poole lecture as part of their Conservation Speaker Series on 28 October, at 6.30 pm. Check event flyer here.

Auction before and during LA fundraiser 18 October - get Dionysus sculpture and support!

Our long-term, generous supporter Doug Aja has again donated a beautiful bronze sculpture, this time a bust of famous Dionysus. Dionysus starred in Echo of the Elephants and graces a center spread in the May 1991 issue of National Geographic. The artwork will be auctioned during our fundraiser in LA 18 October - but if you want to give a bid before then please use our contact form! The normal price is $2,200; the minimum bid is half of this. Dionysus is one of many Amboseli elephants that has a special place in our hearts. Joyce spent a lot of time with him during her musth studies in the 1980s and we both followed his struggles during his final days in 2003. You can read our field notes from that time here. Bid for Dionysus, keep his memory alive and support out work!

Doug is an artist living in Vermont, USA, and has African wildlife and the African elephant in particular as his true passion. Part of the proceeds from the sale of his wildlife art is donated to ElephantVoices. Doug is a Member of the Artists for Conservation (AFC).

Dionysus, made famous in the BBC film, Echo of the Elephants, was one of Joyce's focal Amboseli males.
Click on photo to see Dionysus in 2003.

Link to War Elephants on National Geographic.comElephantVoices' Joyce and Petter will be "on the road" in the US for three weeks during March 2012, with a premiere screening of an upcoming National Geographic Wild documentary, and lectures and other events promoting elephants and the work of ElephantVoices, on the agenda. You will find more details about each open event and how to attend below. We hope to see many of you during our short 10th Anniversary Tour!

Premiere screening of "War Elephants", Washington DC, 14 March

National Geographic LIVE! invites for a premiere screening of "War Elephants" in Washington DC on Wednesday 14 March, an upcoming documentary featuring the elephants of Gorongosa, Mozambique, Joyce Poole and her brother, cinematographer Bob Poole. The screening in Grosvenor Auditorium (at 7:30 p.m.) will be followed by a discussion with the Pooles, NGTV Sr. Producer David Hamlin, and Mateus Mutemba, Gorongosa National Park Administrator. You can buy tickets via this page.

Benefit for ElephantVoices in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, Sunday 18 March

On Sunday 18 March Patty Shenker and Doug Stoll will very generously host a reception at their home once again. We invite you to a VIP Reception at 2:00 p.m., and an Event Reception & Presentation from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. You will find an invitation with all necessary information on how to attend here.

ElephantVoices lecture in Sausalito, Sunday 25 March

Our enormously generous board member Coco Hall will host another event at her home in Sausalito on Sunday 25 March, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. You will find an invitation with all necessary information here.

Lectures during PAWS Summit for the elephants, Oakland Zoo, 28 to 30 March

Oakland Zoo will host PAWS SUMMIT FOR THE ELEPHANTS 2012 from 28 to 30 March. Joyce Poole and Petter Granli will hold 3 lectures during the Summit - all 3 on the last day 30 March. You can go through the conference schedule here.

Lecture Colorado College, Wednesday March 28

On 28 March, 6:30 p.m, Joyce Poole will give a lecture at Colorado College, Armstrong Hall Theater. The title is: Nature's great masterpiece: Stories of elephants.

You can open a poster with further details by clicking on the image to the left.

 

Help SUPPORT and PROTECT the Mara elephants - NAME THEM!

By providing the possibility for the public to name elephants we hope to bind together a community of people who care for the Mara elephants - those people living in the Mara who are monitoring and protecting elephants and those who live far away whose donations support the project! Giving names to individual elephants helps people to remember who is who and fosters a heart-felt connection for individuals.

To name an elephant look through the Mara Elephant Who's Who database and choose an elephant, who has not already been named, and who you would like to name. Click the "I'd like to name this elephant" link on the ID card for that particular elephant. An approved name will appear in the Mara Elephant Who's Who database, and the name of the person having given the name will also show.

Educational outreach, including local scholarships, will be of high priority in the allocation of donations through the Name an Mara Elephant program.

Link to ElephantVoices - Name an Elephant

Click on image to read more - support the Mara Elephants!

Tusk USA is generously organizing a reception for ElephantVoices at the Explorer's Club in New York City on Wednesday 15th May, where Joyce will be holding a lecture: An Elephant Network: Conservation and the Power of the Crowd in the Maasai Mara. The funds raised will go toward Elephant Partners, ElephantVoices' citizen science-based conservation initiative for the Maasai Mara ecosystem. You'll find more details about the venue on the invitation card - click on it to enlarge - and visit Eventbrite to secure your attendance.

To reach our ambitious goals for this project we are looking at a three-year horizon (to end 2015), with our own time, the running of our old Toyota Land Cruiser, equipment, lodging and material for educational outreach in the Mara, as primary cost components. We will be spending six months of each year in Kenya. Elephant Partners engages guides, scouts, researchers, photographers, tourists, and people of the Maasai Mara ecosystem in the monitoring and protection of elephants through the use of unique cellphone- and web-solutions developed by ElephantVoices. Using the Internet and social and educational media, and hands-on training, we are developing a community of Elephant Partners who are sharing their knowledge of the Mara elephants and working together to protect them. Come and hear what we have learned about the elephants through the eyes and ears of many.

Please RSVP through http://tuskusa-joycepoole.eventbrite.com - and share this page (upper right corner) with others who may be interested in attending! If you cannot attend, but want to support, please check out our dedicated page on Crowdrise or visit our donation page on ElephantVoices.

We look forward to seeing you at the Explorer's Club!

Trumpets, Joyce and Petter

Link to War Elephants on National Geographic.comElephantVoices' Joyce and Petter will be "on the road" in the US for three weeks during March 2012, with a premiere screening of an upcoming National Geographic Wild documentary, and lectures and other events promoting elephants and the work of ElephantVoices, on the agenda. You will find more details about each open event and how to attend below. We hope to see many of you during our short 10th Anniversary Tour!

Premiere screening of "War Elephants", Washington DC, 14 March

National Geographic LIVE! invites for a premiere screening of "War Elephants" in Washington DC on Wednesday 14 March, an upcoming documentary featuring the elephants of Gorongosa, Mozambique, Joyce Poole and her brother, cinematographer Bob Poole. The screening in Grosvenor Auditorium (at 7:30 p.m.) will be followed by a discussion with the Pooles, NGTV Sr. Producer David Hamlin, and Mateus Mutemba, Gorongosa National Park Administrator. You can buy tickets via this page.

Benefit for ElephantVoices in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, Sunday 18 March

On Sunday 18 March Patty Shenker and Doug Stoll will very generously host a reception at their home once again. We invite you to a VIP Reception at 2:00 p.m., and an Event Reception & Presentation from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. You will find an invitation with all necessary information on how to attend here.

ElephantVoices lecture in Sausalito, Sunday 25 March

Our enormously generous board member Coco Hall will host another event at her home in Sausalito on Sunday 25 March, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. You will find an invitation with all necessary information here.

Lectures during PAWS Summit for the elephants, Oakland Zoo, 28 to 30 March

Oakland Zoo will host PAWS SUMMIT FOR THE ELEPHANTS 2012 from 28 to 30 March. Joyce Poole and Petter Granli will hold 3 lectures during the Summit - all 3 on the last day 30 March. You can go through the conference schedule here.

Lecture Colorado College, Wednesday March 28

On 28 March, 6:30 p.m, Joyce Poole will give a lecture at Colorado College, Armstrong Hall Theater. The title is: Nature's great masterpiece: Stories of elephants.

You can open a poster with further details by clicking on the image to the left.

 

Help SUPPORT and PROTECT the Mara elephants - NAME THEM!

By providing the possibility for the public to name elephants we hope to bind together a community of people who care for the Mara elephants - those people living in the Mara who are monitoring and protecting elephants and those who live far away whose donations support the project! Giving names to individual elephants helps people to remember who is who and fosters a heart-felt connection for individuals.

To name an elephant look through the Mara Elephant Who's Who database and choose an elephant, who has not already been named, and who you would like to name. Click the "I'd like to name this elephant" link on the ID card for that particular elephant. An approved name will appear in the Mara Elephant Who's Who database, and the name of the person having given the name will also show.

Educational outreach, including local scholarships, will be of high priority in the allocation of donations through the Name an Mara Elephant program.

Link to ElephantVoices - Name an Elephant

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ElephantVoices' Joyce and Petter will be at several events in California during October 2009. You will find more details about each event and how to attend below. We wish you warmly welcome!

If you like to bid on items auctioned out to the benefit of ElephantVoices during October 2009 look at the bottom of this page and check out our Celebrity Endorsements page.

Wildlife Conservation Network Expo Day 3 October

ElephantVoices was represented by ElephantVoices board member, Coco Hall, at the Wildlife Conservation Network's Expo Day. The event took place Saturday, October 3rd, 10am - 6pm, at Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens St, San Francisco. You can also read about the event in this flyer.

Fundraiser for ElephantVoices in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, 18 October

Patty Shenker and Doug Stoll will host a reception at their home, on Sunday 18th October, 3 to 6 pm. You will find an invite with all necessary information on how to attend here.

Lecture: The Living Desert, near Palm Springs, 19 October

Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Lecture: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara, 21 October

The lecture at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum starts at 7:00 pm.

Fundraiser for ElephantVoices in Sausalito, 25 October

Coco Hall will host an event at her home in Sausalito on 25 October, 5 to 7 pm. You will find an invitation with all necessary information here.

Lecture/event Oakland Zoo, 28 October

Oakland Zoo will host a Joyce Poole lecture as part of their Conservation Speaker Series on 28 October, at 6.30 pm. Check event flyer here.

Auction before and during LA fundraiser 18 October - get Dionysus sculpture and support!

Our long-term, generous supporter Doug Aja has again donated a beautiful bronze sculpture, this time a bust of famous Dionysus. Dionysus starred in Echo of the Elephants and graces a center spread in the May 1991 issue of National Geographic. The artwork will be auctioned during our fundraiser in LA 18 October - but if you want to give a bid before then please use our contact form! The normal price is $2,200; the minimum bid is half of this. Dionysus is one of many Amboseli elephants that has a special place in our hearts. Joyce spent a lot of time with him during her musth studies in the 1980s and we both followed his struggles during his final days in 2003. You can read our field notes from that time here. Bid for Dionysus, keep his memory alive and support out work!

Doug is an artist living in Vermont, USA, and has African wildlife and the African elephant in particular as his true passion. Part of the proceeds from the sale of his wildlife art is donated to ElephantVoices. Doug is a Member of the Artists for Conservation (AFC).

Dionysus, made famous in the BBC film, Echo of the Elephants, was one of Joyce's focal Amboseli males.
Click on photo to see Dionysus in 2003.

Dear elephant friends!

For those of you living in the US: Sandip Roy Chowdhury will be talking with Joyce Poole on "New America Now: Dispatches from the New Majority," which airs Friday Nov 14th at 1:00 p.m. and repeats Sunday at 3:00 p.m. on KALW, 91.7 FM.

You can hear an interview with Joyce on AnimalVoices, an alternative radio in Vancouver, via the player below. The interview with Karl Losken was aired on 31st October.
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At 4 am this morning we were awoken by two alarm clocks - not wanting to risk that one would let us down. A couple of hours later we departed for our two week event and fundraising tour in California. We're looking forward to see friends, elephant supporters and even elephants (at PAWS, where we have a joint event on Saturday 15th Nov.), while at the same time experience the excitement of an historical election. With strong roots in Kenya (and plenty of other good reasons, too) no-one should be surprised that we are happy that Barack Obama will soon be the new President of the United States of America. We are among those convinced that he will strengthen America in a way that will be good for everyone. Barack is Kiswahili for blessing and he is indeed a blessing.

Waiting at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam for our next flight, we watched another BBC news piece describing the impact of increased ivory poaching on the world's biggest land mammal - and expressing fears that the recent ivory auctions, sanctioned by CITES, will stimulate that growing threat. More and more elephants are succumbing to poaching fueled by the ivory trade and the press needs to bring this to the world's attention. Despite difficult times for the financial markets around the world, and for most of us as a consequence, we are hopeful that the people we meet during our California tour will continue to support our elephant work.

Best wishes, Petter and Joyce

Event  overview ElephantVoices in California Nov. 2008 As many of you have seen and know, Joyce and I will be visiting California from 6 to 20 November. Together with friends, supporters and collaborators we're holding several fundraisers, as you might have seen from the previously posted event overview. The timing is, admittedly, a bit more exciting than we planned - considering the global financial unrest. The election of a new US President a couple of days before our arrival may trigger some new optimism, though, which could be good for all of us, including elephants...

We lean towards a statement from one of our SF friends: At this stage it is much better to think about elephants than finances! And what we do know is that elephants need us more than ever - and even more so because of what may follow this economical downturn. If you would like more information about our work don't hesitate to get in touch. We're currently doing a major revision of elephantvoices.org, and hope to launch the new version during December after some unfortunate delays. During the next few months the site will be expanded in ways that we believe many of you will like and find interesting, especially if you enjoy the voices of elephants. It will also include interactive information about our new elephant conservation project in Sri Lanka. Another of our goals is to improve how you can access and subscribe to our news. Please be patient while we are preparing the changes!

We hope you will follow the work of ElephantVoices in the years to come - it would be great to see you in person during our upcoming fundraising tour!

Best wishes, Petter

Female  elephant in Minneriya, Sri Lanka. (©ElephantVoices)