THE ELEPHANT
LISTENING PROJECT

ELP NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

  • China Promise graphic

    April 2017

    Optimism and Vulnerability
    On the optimistic side: China is meeting some of its stated goals to eliminate the ivory trade, and ELP will be starting new projects later this year. On the vulnerability side: Our amazing colleague, Andrea Turkalo, has decided to end her 27 years living in Dzanga and studying elephants. We'd like to see this invaluable long-term study continue, so we're working hard to see if we can make that happen.

  • gorilla

    December 2016

    New Experiences in Congo
    Peter and Daniela were surprised by a gorilla as they trecked through the forest in Congo on a recent mission to put up new recording units. They also spent a week at Dzanga Bai in Central African Republic, with Andrea. Peter talks about ELP's exciting plans for the upcoming year.

  • Ahmed

    April 2016

    Hanging on in Africa
    More good news! Last year, the Lab recieved a very generous gift that the Lab Director decided to focus on ELP and two other programs in the BioAcoustics Research Program. This enabled us to bring a fantastic new post-doc into our team and to expand our projects. Meanwhile, in Dzanga Bai, Andrea Turkalo was thrilled to see Ahmed (pictured here) wander into the clearing. She'd not seen him since 2006.

  • Calib

    October 2015

    Catching up with elephants and ELP
    Some good news! A 7-yr young conservationist, Calib (pictured here), raised money for ELP, encouraing donations by offering his hand-made origami elephants as a thank-you gift; Andrea's seeing plenty of elephants in Dzanga Bai (although nearby logging is a threat); we showed that our acoustic method has advantages over using traditional dung transects to estimate elephant population density; and more!


  • pyote being built

    March 2015

    Renewal at Dzanga:
    With five months behind her, Andrea has managed to get her camp functional again. It continues to be a struggle, and tragically, logging has started nearby. But the elephants are well for now and Andrea's seen 20 new infants. See a video clip of Elodie's new baby.

  • Andrea with Bayanga

    December 2014

    Wrapping an Elephant Year:
    Andrea finally returned to Dzanga to an enthusiastic welcome from the locals. Peter went to Cameroon to conduct at workshop for 11 researchers and park rangers, teaching everything from how to run the recorders to safe climbing techniques to data archiving and sound analysis.

  • diving elephants

    June 2014

    Diving Elephants:
    We had two fantastic students from a local high school working with us all year as part of their study program. They investigated how elephant activity varied seasonally at a river where the elephants dive for minerals! Out of the office, Peter had an extremely challenging field trip to the Republic of Congo.

  • elephant diving in Mpassa River

    December 2013

    Rumbling in Two Voices:
    A fascinating study showing that elephants can produce rumbles from their mouths and from their trunks.

  • Mya and Jonathan

    August 2013

    A Summer of Elephants:
    ELP was busy this summer: Peter went to Cameroon to set up recorders, Andrea worked with Peter on her data from Dzanga while monitoring the situation in C.A.R., and we had two high-school volunteers Maya and Jonathan (pictured here) who were great!

  • ELP team having a picnic

    April 2013

    Trouble in the Central African Republic:
    The C.A.R has undergone a series of dramatic, violent political uprisings in recent months. A rebel group has overthown the leadership of President Gen. Francois Bozize. Andrea stayed at Dzanga Bai as long as she could, but finally decided it was too dangerous to stay, so she fled downriver under cover of darkness to the Congo. Read snippets of her emails to us during this traumatic time: testament to her characteristic strength, determination and calmness.

  • ELP team having a picnic

    February 2013

    Living with Sound:
    ELP's founder, Katy Payne reflects in a beautiful essay on how sound has threaded her life, from music to whales to elephants.

  • ELP team having a picnic

    September 2012

    View from the Inside:
    We depend heavily on volunteers to help us. They're always enthusiastic and bring new ideas, as well as updating us on current social media trends! One of our volunteers, Alexa Hilmer, talks about her experience working for us.

  • Elephant and calf

    June 2012

    Voting for Elephants:
    How we analyze our recordings and anticipated improvements to our methods. Some thoughts on how important it is to communicate your feelings about conserving the gentle giants and their habitat. Andrea is visiting us again!

  • Thermal image of elephants in Dzanga Bai

    March 2012

    Hot Elephants:
    See some cool (and hot!) images and video of forest elephants that Peter took on his recent trip to Dzanga Bai using a thermal imaging camera. This is the first time this technology had been used on forest elephants.

  • Common Redpoll on a branch

    January 2012

    Do Elephants Fly?:
    Ever wondered why the Elephant Listening Project is based in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology? All is revealed here.

  • Map of a forest clearing showing dots for location of calling elephants

    November 2011

    Like Stars in the Sky:
    A cool analysis of the sound data we recorded in Gabon during our nighttime behaviour study shows where elephants were when they called, and an animation reveals the path that two elephants took to the bai.

  • Gorilla

    September 2011

    Into the Breach:
    Bobbi returns from her adventures in the Republic of Congo. See a video clip of elephants drinking in the river, and gorillas! Meanwhile, Peter heads off to Gabon again and tells us about what he'll be doing there, including developing new collaborations.