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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 lorries waiting

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

PRESS RELEASE 2 JUNE 2014

EUROPE - AN OPEN MARKET FOR THE IVORY TRADE?

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

We are posting the speech by Professor Edward O. Wilson at the Opening of Laboratory of Biodiversity of Gorongosa in deep respect for Greg Carr, the Mozambiquen Government and the whole team of people working to protect Gorongosa National Park. The long-term, holistic approach taken by the Gorongosa Team working to restore an amazingly biodiverse ecosystem is admireable from many perspectives - and provides a model for other priceless habitats and species. What we will learn from Gorongosa may have an impact far and beyond, well symbolised through the Laboratory of Biodiversity just opened. 

We, admittedly, wish we were in Gorongosa for this milestone - and we really look forward to continue our elephant work there later in the year. We are proud to be part of the Gorongosa Team.

Joyce and Petter


A WINDOW ON ETERNITY

Edward O. Wilson

The development of these wonderful facilities, along with the earlier inclusion of Gorongosa Mountain into the park and the rebuilding of the megafauna back to its pre-war strength, has been made a reality by Greg Carr and the government of Mozambique. It represents an advance not only in this country and Africa but the entire global environmental movement.

Edward O. Wilson examines an orb weaver spider web while collecting insects in Gorongosa National Park. (©Bob Poole)In essence, what it