ELP Newsletter Archive

August 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.

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!

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.

January 2012

Do Elephants Fly?:

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

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.

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.

June 2011

Good, Bad and Ugly:

We have some of each to report! The good: Peter trains a Gabonese researcher how to use our tools, and Andrea Turkalo arrives. The bad: we learn of more poaching.

April 2011


A mating in the bai sets off a frenzy of calling and other behaviors in the bai. What's this all about?

January 2011

Milestones 2007-2010:
ELP has acheived a huge amount in the last 3 years, from conducting the first nighttime observations of elepants in forest clearings, to training people in Africa on acoustic monitoring techniques. But we have so much more to do!

December 2010

Night Calls:
Listening and watching elephants from our observation platform in a forest clearing deep in the rainforest of Gabon. A fantastic experience, and you can imagine being there by watching a video clip.

August 2010

Getting Ready to Go:
An update on Andrea's analysis, and news about an exciting collaboration between ELP and a school in Rochester, NY.

July 2010

Here and There:
Here, Andrea is busy going through her records and observations. What is she finding out? There, in Central Africa, Andrea has seen examples of 'alloparenting". What is this?

June 2010

Mining the Riches of Dzanga:
We're very excited to have Andrea Turkalo staying with us for the summer. She's spent 21 years studying the elephants in Dzanga-Ndoki National Park in the Central Afican Republic and has learned to recognize more than 4,000 individuals.

April 2010

Boys In The Bai:
The tranquilty of the bai is disturbed when an adult male in musth arrives. What is this strange reproductive state?

March 2010

Family Reunions In The Bai:
Related parts of families come together at forest clearings - but how do they know the others will be there?

February 2010

Somewhere Deep In The Forest:
New projects getting underway in Gabon - night observations to find out who comes to the bai at night, and why.

Calf Kindergarten

January 2010

Elephant Grand Central:
Forest clearings, or 'bais' are focal points for social interactions among forest elephant families - kids learn to behave, adults re-affirm social bonds, and everyone meets infants new since the last gathering.

Dzanga Bai

December 2009

Elixer In The Bai:
Why do forest elephants seek out clearings in the tropical rainforest?


We send out an e-newsletter every 2 or 3 months with an exposé on some aspect of forest elephant ecology or about our projects in Central Africa. If you would like to recieve this e-newsletter, just let us know at info@elephantlisteningproject.org

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