Elephant Listening Project

Photo: Bobbi J. Estabrook African forest elephants.

The Elephant Listening Project (ELP) was founded by Katy Payne. Katy discovered infrasonic communication in elephants in the zoo in Portland, Oregon, in the mid-1980s and realized that their low-frequency calls could be used to study and protect these animals in the wild. Since its official inception in 2000, ELP has been primarily focusing on the study of African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) in central Africa. The primary goals of this long-term project are to

  • Study African forest elephants and to protect their habitat and its biodiversity.
  • Build capacity in Central Africa by teaching and mentoring local researchers to become the next-generation conservationists.

More information about ELP can be found here.