ElephantVoices' standpoint is that elephants need protection as a species and as individuals. After more than 40 years of study we know that among elephants, just as among people, wisdom comes with age. An elephant's proverbial memory and life experience means that older matriarchs are more discriminating than younger matriarchs; the loss of a matriarch can affect the future of an entire family; the death of a mother means the death of her young calves and the lowered survival of older offspring; the lack of role models or exposure to severe trauma when young can result in abnormal behavior in adulthood; the deaths of older females or large males with big tusks to a poacher's or hunter's bullet impacts the fabric of a society and the survival of a population.
Safeguarding elephants means understanding the dynamics of a society, the incorporation of this foundation of knowledge into conservation practices and the raising of the public consciousness. ElephantVoices makes the sharing of this information a priority.
In early 2011, ElephantVoices launched "Elephant Partners", an elephant conservation project based in the Maasai Mara ecosystem, Kenya. The goal of Elephant Partners was to develop a working model for citizens to monitor and protect elephants, partly by providing the authorities with information related to the movements of the Mara elephants. Read more about Elephant Partners here - and read the main report from this project published in April 2016 here.
In Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, ElephantVoices is responsible for another elephant monitoring, conservation and research project, that you also can read about on the Gorongosa National Park's website. Also this project was started in 2011. Some of our work in Gorongosa was presented in the six-part documentary series Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise (in episode 2 and 5) aired on PBS and National Geographic.