Herd of Elephants

Elephant Stories & Projects

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife and habitats.

Working across Kenya, our projects include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.

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Herd of Elephants

Elephant Stories

Since 1995, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has provided elephants retired from performance and exhibition with a safe refuge and the companionship of other elephants. The facility has grown from 110 acres to 2,700 acres and has provided sanctuary to 27 elephants, making it North America's largest natural habitat refuge for captive elephants.

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Imagine a thick forest,
so thick that only small parts of an elephant family can move around in a group, but the moms and daughters, separated by considerable distance, synchronize their movements by listening for one another’s calls. Katy imagined studying these hidden behaviors by eavesdropping on their conversations.

This was Katy Payne’s insightful idea after she discovered the use of infrasound by elephants and then turned her attention to the problem of studying forest elephants living where you can’t see them. From a zoo in Oregon, to the savannah of East Africa, to the forests of Central Africa, this is part of the story of an amazing woman and how she came to found the Elephant Listening Project.

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