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The Knysna Elephants: A Population Study Conducted Using Faecal DNA

The world’s southernmost free-ranging wild elephants live in the indigenous Knysna forest along South Africa’s southeast coast. For many years it has been assumed that only one, lone female elephant remained. New evidence, however, points to a more positive picture.

View or download the pdf to read the full article The Knysna Elephants: a Population Study.

Elephants On the Edge Fight Back by Caroline Williams on New Scientist Magazine

Two years ago the people of Bunyaruguru in western Uganda would think nothing of cycling to the nearby township of Katwe to meet friends and do business. Then one day a herd of elephants paid them a visit. They came from the bush, knocked down huts and garden plots, then left with nothing to show but a trail of destruction. Now elephants regularly block the road to Katwe, and villagers are too afraid to cycle past. Read the complete article: Elephants On the Edge Fight Back online.

Elephant Herd Removed from Wild in Malawi

Read about this successful elephant translocation after years of conflict between the elephants and their human neighbours at:

Elephant Breakdown.

Social trauma: early disruption of attachment can affect the physiology, behaviour and culture of animals and humans over generations. An subscription essay in Nature (vol 433 | 24 February 2005 by G. A. Bradshaw, Allan N. Schore, Janine L. Brown, Joyce H. Poole and Cynthia J. Moss. You can read or download the article as a pdf here.

Speaking with Elephants by Deena Metzger

I never expected to enter into an alliance with elephants and it has only been a few years since I have begun to imagine what an alliance with an animal might mean. One cannot enter into such a relationship unless one’s entire world of assumptions and beliefs has changed radically. One does not seek this out. The task is rather to avoid refusing it when it is offered. Such experiences, which shatter the known world, are familiar to each of us even though, for the most part, we enter these ordeals alone carrying the burden of having to make private meaning of them. (continue reading Speaking with Elephants)

The Zebra Foal and the Gentle Giant by a friend at Meno A Kwena

The bull elephant, reluctantly at first, moved back a few feet as the desperately thirsty zebra foal limped to what little water was left in the water hole at Meno A Kwena.

The bull brooded as he watched the foal drink for a minute or two. The bleeding lion wound on the zebra’s leg got the bull’s attention, he seemed quite concerned about that and blew dust onto the deep gashes. The very young, not yet weaned, foal had escaped the lions but was starving to death. (read more)

Excerpt From Elephantoms by Lyall Watson

It was fine to be in a place where “as far as the eye can see” means something. It is no idle boast here, but a confident statement of fact. You can see almost forever….

Looking inland, I saw where fynbos and forest had been cleared to plant martial rows of alien pines and thought it a poor exchange. All that was left of the patch of forest out of which we had run in panic from a ghostly elephant was the great yellowwood that had been the focus of our attention. It was intact but, deprived of the forest around it, showed more than a hint of nervousness, like someone caught unawares, unclothed. The sea was just the same, rolling in almost in slow motion, leaving, even on this fine day, a haze over the rocky coastline. I closed my eyes and enjoyed the white noise of all this from the cliff top, letting it lap over me, evolving other oceans, other times spent whale watching—and when I opened my eyes, there was a whale right there. (read more)

Save the Elephants

An organization whose mission is “To secure a future for elephants and sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live, to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.” (learn more)

Wildlife Direct: Elephant campaign

In 1979, 1.2 million elephants roamed the African continent. That number currently is 300,000 elephants. We have lost 75% of the elephant herds mainly due to poaching, loss of habitat and human conflict. WildlifeDirect, a project by famed paleontologist Richard Leakey, is working with different conservation projects to ensure the survival of this species. (learn more)

Sierra Magazine: Elephant Man

Twenty years ago, Richard Leakey saved Kenya’s elephants from poachers by outfitting rangers with helicopters, automatic weapons, night-vision goggles, and shoot-to-kill orders. He has since been arrested, censored, and beaten, and lost his legs in a suspicious plane crash. Now Africa’s most famous conservationist is enlisting a new army to save the continent’s ever-threatened wildlife: frontline bloggers. To read the complete Sierra Magazine (Jan/Feb 2010) article.

Care2 Petition Site

The U.S. Is one of the world’s largest consumers of ivory. Illegal ivory is brought in via souvenirs, smuggling operations and the internet. That makes the U.S. one of the major drivers of elephant poaching in Africa. (learn more or sign the petition)

Women World Work

Supporting women and the conservation of endangered species around the world.

WorldWomenWork partners with women artisans and activists in some of the most remote parts of the world. We purchase beautiful products from small, women-owned enterprises and sell these unique things to women all over the United States. We provide a steady stream of income to grow the enterprise, and the proceeds from the sales support women in Kenya, Nepal, Indonesia and 11 other countries. Our way of funding our efforts is unique and effective; nearly 100% of the proceeds supports projects that are educating girls, building economic independence for women, and protecting the natural world.

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"There is no creature among all the Beasts of the world which hath so great and ample demonstration of the power and wisdom of almighty God as the Elephant."
—Edward Topsell, The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes