Peter Wrege

Senior Research Associate Emeritus


Behavioral Ecology • Bioacoustics • Acoustic Monitoring • Elephant Behavior and Conservation

After 15 years directing the Elephant Listening Project (ELP), I retired in 2021 to pursue some of my other interests (gardening, traveling), while remaining engaged with ELP and the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics. I remain very committed to the goals of ELP, especially the commitment to establishing mechanisms that enhance the educational opportunities of young conservationists in the elephant range states of central Africa.

I am motivated by the imperative that we conserve biodiversity across the globe in order to enhance all life. The charismatic nature of elephants, and their key role in the health of ecosystems, provide the inspiration that can change attitudes and cement the motivation of practitioners around the world to make a difference in conservation.


Ph.D., Behavioral ecology and terrestrial ecology, Cornell University
B.Sc., Biology, The Colorado College

Peter Wrege
Center K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics
Projects Elephant Listening Project
Work(607) 229-9092

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