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(Presentation based on press release from PBS, see also http://www.pbs.org/gorongosa)

Brings to Life an Historic Rejuvenation of an African Wildlife Oasis

Three-part adventure series airs on PBS Tuesdays September 22 – October 6, 2015,  8:00-10:00 p.m. ET. Family Sneak Preview Week September 16-22. PBS will offer the entire series across all streaming platforms.

Gorongosa elephants. Photo ElephantVoices.

ARLINGTON, VA; Aug. 10, 2015 – Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration stories, living proof that nature can recover from near collapse, so long as humans protect it and help it to heal. In GORONGOSA PARK: REBIRTH OF PARADISE, airing Tuesdays,  September 22 to October 6, 8:00 -10:00 p.m. ET on PBS, viewers will join Emmy-winning filmmaker Bob Poole on an incredible adventure exploring Gorongosa, as “rewilding” efforts are made to restore populations of magnificent creatures after a civil war nearly destroyed the park.

The success of “re-wilding” Gorongosa National Park is crucial to this East African ecosystem and to the global conservation community. Poole has made it his life’s work to communicate the beauty and importance of Gorongosa to the world. He is joined in the effort by specialists who include his sister, renowned elephant researcher

Through ElephantVoices on Facebook we mentioned that Joyce will be working in Gorongosa for a couple of weeks. Below is a first Snippet from the field. She will try to update you in the days to come.

Bicycle shop Beira, Mozambique. Photo: ElephantVoicesThe journey from Sandefjord to Gorongosa was two days long - waking up at 04:15 for Petter to take me to the airport on 8th May and arriving at the park at 18:30 on 9th May, and a night spent in a Johannesburg Hotel. I was met at the Beira Airport, along the coast of Mozambique by wonderful, warm, Vasco Galante, Communications Director for the Gorongosa Restoration Project. Vasco was in Beira for other reasons and offered to pick me up - along with an old, spray-painted, steely-blue bicycle. More about the bicycle later.

One reason for the potholes is that in the 18 months since I was last here the timber trade has exploded. It was pretty terrible then and is now completely horrifying. Vasco said he passed at least 100 flatbed trucks loaded with the carcasses of massive hardwood trees. One after another they came lumbering down the road with their dreadful cargo bound for China; depots piled high with timber, and

We pledge to continue to do our best for elephants in 2015 - and wish you a Happy New Year!

Warm greetings from Joyce & Petter

Happy New Year greeting 2015

Mara elephants. Photo credit: ElephantVoices

Did you know that elephants don't like wildebeests? Here you see both species, but when the wildebeest migration is in full session the Mara elephants disappear. The kerfuffle and commotion of so many ridiculous rutting mammals is more than dignified elephants can take, and they evacuate to the hills and bushlands beyond the protected National Reserve. This is but one of many reasons why conservationists and wildlife managers need to think big when considering the needs of elephants.

Dear Friend of ElephantVoices,

In November, our work took us to California where we spoke about wild elephants at the PAWS 2014 International Captive Wildlife Conference. We met our colleagues from ElephantVoices Brasil and Global Sanctuary for Elephants with whom we are working to establish an elephant sanctuary in Brazil. As Conservation Partners we visited Tembo Preserve in northern California with Ann and Roger McNamee and Colleen Kinzley who are starting on a long journey toward providing captive elephants with proper space and companions. We thank our many generous hosts in Los Angeles and San Francisco where we had opportunities to present our work.

To continue our elephant Conservation, Advocacy, Research and Education programs in 2015 we are seeking your



Conservationists urge the EU - the biggest exporter of so-called “old” ivory – to ban all ivory trade

Brussels/2 June 2014. On the eve of inter-governmental meetings in Brussels and Geneva in June and July to debate the fate of elephants, a group of conservation organisations requests all EU governments to urgently halt all commerce in ivory and to destroy all remaining stockpiles. New data shows escalating exports of ivory from the European Union to China and worldwide. The organisations warn that any legal loophole in ivory trade creates the opportunity to launder poached ivory into “legal” trade and thus fuels the killing of elephants.

"Weak European laws on ivory trading are a clear and present danger to Africa’s elephants, and a gift to poachers and smugglers who feed almost limitless demand for ivory in East Asia", says Daniela Freyer of Pro Wildlife.

Mary Rice, of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), added: "We are calling on EU countries to halt all ivory trade within, to and from the EU and strengthen enforcement. This includes measures to destroy their stockpiled ivory – both carvings and raw tusks - irrespective of