ABC News: The social media sleuths obsessed with tracking China’s wandering elephants

ABC News (Australia): The social media sleuths obsessed with tracking China’s wandering elephants. “The elephants became an overnight internet sensation earlier this year and have been dominating people’s daily conversations in China. Millions of Chinese have expressed their fondness towards the herd online, with some watching the animals eating, napping and showering through 24/7 live streams and daily updates from state media.”

New York Times: What Has Four Legs, a Trunk and a Behavioral Database?

New York Times: What Has Four Legs, a Trunk and a Behavioral Database?. “Over her career, Dr. [Joyce] Poole has spent tens of thousands of hours in the field, observing, tracking and analyzing wild elephants. Now, in a comprehensive project that fellow animal biologists describe as ‘an amazing achievement’ and ‘an immense treasure case,’ Dr. Poole and her husband, Petter Granli, have compiled the fruits of her fieldwork into a vast, publicly available database called the Elephant Ethogram: A Library of African Elephant Behavior.”

TRAFFIC: TRAFFIC launches Elephant Trade Information System Online

TRAFFIC: TRAFFIC launches Elephant Trade Information System Online. “The new platform allows authorised governmental representatives to access and more easily submit records on elephant specimen seizures in their respective countries. For example, Parties can view and download their data that are used in ETIS analyses, which details the number and weight of seizures made within the country as well as seizures in which their country was implicated by other Parties. ETIS is a database holding almost 30,000 records of seizures or confiscations of elephant ivory and other elephant specimens, which have been reported since 1989 – for a total of over 750 tonnes of raw ivory equivalent to date.”

Get the Word Out: The elephant in the room (PRESS RELEASE)

Get the Word Out: The elephant in the room (PRESS RELEASE). “H-ELP partnered with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) in Thailand, an organisation that has facilitated workshops for it and is well known in Thailand for its ethical interactions with elephants. For $100 people can bring an elephant on their Zoom video call for ten minutes or for $200 they can get an additional 2 minute introduction and 3-4 minute question and answer session with a GTAEF expert. All elephants live at GTAEF and the donation will be split between H-ELP and GTAEF projects and the upkeep of the elephant you meet.”