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A World Without Elephants

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As I write this, I just learned about the horror of 87 elephants slaughtered for their ivory in Botswana in early September.

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- Oct 17, 2018
The CITES Meeting: A Closer Look

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My amazing trip all began when the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) announced a global search for 34 international conservationists aged 18 to 25 to attend the first-ever Youth Forum for People…

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- Mar 06, 2017
Community Mapping in Gabon

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I came to Gabon to study how communities use and value their forest resources, what they see is threatening their resources and why all of that might differ across the landscape. All of the information…

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- Jul 22, 2016
Touched by an Elephant, Part 3

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Returning to the question at hand—why a massage therapist would be interested in researching human-elephant communication? The answer relates to the primacy of touch. Touch is the primal arena of connection…

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- Sep 21, 2015
Touched by an Elephant, Part 2

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The sanctuary rests in an open jungle valley in the remote Mondulkiri province of Northeast Cambodia. Like the rest of the country, Mondulkiri is undergoing rampant deforestation, a tremendous threat to…

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- Sep 12, 2015
Touched by an Elephant, Part 1

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About three years ago I decided pursue a PhD in somatic psychology. I'd spent the last few years establishing a healthy massage therapy practice in Los Angeles, and although the bodywork was rewarding…

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- Aug 19, 2015
Critical Time for Elephants in the Wild

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In Africa, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for his/her ivory. A normal day in countries like Rwanda or Zimbabwe ends up with about 96 elephants killed, all illegally, as the international trade…

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- Jun 23, 2014
The Bones of Extinction at the Ivory Crush

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In November, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stood vigil over an unprecedented event in the United States: the crushing of six tons of illegal ivory seized from poachers and smugglers. At the…

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- Jan 20, 2014
The Bones of Contention

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In November, 2013, photographer and poet Cyril Christo traveled to Colorado with his family to watch the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service demolish six tons of illegal ivory in hopes of delivering a message…

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- Jan 13, 2014
My life in the Naimina Enkiyio Forest, Part I

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The area of land popularly known as Loita lies in southern Kenya between the Ngurman-Magadi escarpment and the Maasai Mara National Game Reserve. It covers an area of 1,700 km2 within the Loita Division…

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- Nov 11, 2013
Elephants in the Refuge

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Wasara Ranch and the Chiredzi River Land Conservancy in Zimbabwe is theoretically a place of refuge. But the flood of new settlers continues unchecked and has decimated the original Wasara ranch land,…

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- Jul 23, 2012
The Crucifix Moment: Slaughter of Innocence

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Photographers Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson talk with Izilwane about their new film Lysander’s Song, the slaughter of elephants throughout Africa, and how the survival of the elephant and the innocence…

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- Jun 18, 2012