NEW REPORT: Mara ecosystem connectivity: Information on elephant population status and movements for spatial planning and conservation in Narok County
Mara ecosystem connectivity: Information on elephant population status and movements
for spatial planning and conservation in Narok County
The report linked at the bottom of this page, Mara ecosystem connectivity: Information on elephant population status and movements for spatial planning and conservation in Narok County, has been prepared at the invitation of the Narok County Government Department of Lands, Urban Development and Physical Planning and the County Assembly Committee on Natural Resources at a stakeholders forum on spatial plan development and resource mobilisation held in Narok on 16 - 17 October 2014.
The report presents findings of a collaborative study of elephants in the Maasai Mara ecosystem by ElephantVoices, Save the Elephants, Mara Elephant Project and Kenya Wildlife Service, and offers recommendations for the attention of Narok County. It contributes information about the status of elephants in the ecosystem, their movement patterns and habitat use for consideration in the county’s spatial planning process. The report lays emphasis on the need for urgent intervention to secure critical routes and habitats for long-term survival of elephants and to prevent escalating human elephant conflict and declining biodiversity which, if not halted, would have disastrous consequences for tourism and associated economic benefits for
ElephantVoices eNewsletter November 2015
Press release: Experts around the world oppose import of Swaziland elephants to the US
Press release published 26 October 2015:
Elephant Experts From Around the World Oppose Proposed Import of 18 Elephants
from Swaziland to Zoos in Texas, Nebraska and Kansas
“The capture and removal of wild elephants from their home ranges and social groups is appalling and archaic, and the threat to kill elephants unless permits are issued is beyond unethical.”
Dr. Joyce Poole
Washington D.C., October 26, 2015 -- More than 75 elephant experts from across the globe have joined together today to announce their outrage and opposition to the proposed import of 18 elephants from Swaziland by the Dallas Zoo in Texas; Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska; and Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas. The zoos’ request for a permit to import these elephants has just been published in the U.S. Federal Register and is open to public comment. (Download Expert Statement, 750 kB)
“The capture and removal of wild elephants from their home ranges and social groups is appalling and archaic, and the threat to kill elephants unless permits are issued is beyond unethical,” stated Dr. Joyce Poole, Co-founder of ElephantVoices, a world expert on elephant social behavior and communication who has been studying and working to conserve elephants for
ElephantVoices eNewsletter September 2015
"Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise" soon to be aired
(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