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ELEPHANTVOICES

Washington, DC   |  https://www.elephantvoices.org

Mission

ElephantVoices mission us to inspire wonder in the intelligence, complexity and voices of elephants, and to secure a kinder future for them. Our goals are to advance the study of elephant cognition, communication and social behavior, and to promote the scientifically sound and ethical management and care of elephants. We accomplish these through conservation, research, advocacy and education - CARE.

Ruling year info

2009

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Petter Granli

Scientific Director

Dr. Joyce Hatheway Poole

Main address

2909 Garfield Terrace, NW,

Washington, DC 20008 USA

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EIN

26-3462274

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ElephantVoices works to address problems faced by wild elephants as well as those held in captivity. The survival and well-being of wild elephants and their societies are threatened by poaching for the commercial trade in ivory, capture for a life in captivity and human entertainment, increasing loss and fragmentation of natural habitats, climate change and conflict with people over diminishing resources. Captive elephants held by zoos and circuses experience a lifetime of suffering.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Research and Conservation

ElephantVoices' Research and Conservation program seeks to increase the understanding of elephants and their societies, and to put this knowledge to work in the protection of elephants.

Our main field sites over the last couple of decades has been Amboseli National Park and the Maasai Mara Ecosystem in Kenya, and Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

ElephantVoices collaborates with numerous other scientists to further the study of elephant society, behavior, communication and cognition. In the interests of elephants, ElephantVoices believes in making data available to the public and does so via its online databases on elephantvoices.org.

ElephantVoices plays an active role and contributes its voice to issues such as elephants capture and welfare in the wild, stopping of the ivory trade and human-elephant conflict, that affect elephants in elephant range states and elsewhere across the globe.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

ElephantVoices advocates for the interests of elephants via scientific and popular articles, lectures, TV documentaries, radio broadcasts, and other media interviews. ElephantVoices' experts write opinion pieces, statements and testimonies and appear in court on behalf of elephants, where necessary.

ElephantVoices' Dr. Joyce Poole is an expert witness in the Nonhuman Rights Project on elephants. ElephantVoices.org (https://elephantvoices.org) is a focal point for information on elephant welfare issues.

ElephantVoices is Co-Founder and Partner of Elephant Sanctuary Brazil - an initiative that offers suffering captive elephants in South America sanctuary. This initiative was co-founded by Global Sanctuary for Elephants, with which ElephantVoices is also a Partner.

ElephantVoices is the lead author of The Elephant Charter and its website (http://www.theelephantcharter.info).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

ElephantsVoices educates through the media (TV documentaries, radio, web and press), via public lectures, by speaking to school children, giving advice to school teachers, exchanging emails with and advising students of all ages.

ElephantVoices writes scientific and popular articles and disseminates information on elephants through its comprehensive educational website with unique, fully searchable databases (www.elephantvoices.org) and through social media.

ElephantVoices will during 2020 launch The Elephant Ethogram: A Library of African Elephant Behavior. The Elephant Ethogram is the result of a massive, multi-year effort, and will include close to 2,000 video clips and hundreds of audio files and photos - all described in a fully searchable database. This body of work is based on decades of research and documented observations by ElephantVoices in Africa, and the mining of professionally filmed raw material from two elephant documentaries. The Elephant Ethogram will be hosted on https:// www.elephantvoices.org.

ElephantVoices (https://elephantvoices.org)

ElephantVoices on Facebook (https://fb.com/elephantvoices)

ElephantVoices on Twitter (https://twitter.com/elephantvoices/

ElephantVoices on Instagram (http://instagram.com/elephantvoices/

The Elephant Charter (https://www.theelephantcharter.info)

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of followers on social media.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Preteens

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Facebook's commercial policies continue to make it a big challenge to increase our following without paying our way. We do not think that is the right policy for a non-profit.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to advance the study of elephant cognition, communication and social behavior, and to promote the scientifically sound and ethical conservation, management and care of elephants. We accomplish these through conservation, advocacy, research and education.

With well over 40 years of studying elephants we know that individuals are the building blocks of their societies. To conserve elephant populations we must, therefore, protect individuals. Our overall strategy is defined by the word C.A.R.E.

C for Conservation: Safeguarding elephants means understanding the dynamics of their societies and ensuring the incorporation of this knowledge into conservation practice. Compassionate conservation is our foundation.

We are: Providing results from field studies in Maasai Mara and Amboseli, Kenya, and Gorongosa, Mozambique, for incorporation into conservation decision-making and strategic planning; publishing scientific papers from our monitoring via trail cameras and the level of tusklessness in poached populations; sharing our experiences from the development and use of the Mara and Gorongosa ID Databases and related mobile applications with relevant stakeholders.

A for Advocacy: ElephantVoices speaks out for the interests of elephants via the media, web, scientific & popular articles, lectures, documentaries, expert testimony, and in court where necessary. Public awareness is key to the future of elephants.

We are: Collaborating with National Geographic and others on media projects in which we are a voice for elephants; Influencing public opinion via ElephantVoices website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; Acting as expert witness in court; Providing sanctuary for captive elephants in South America, as co-founders and board members of Santuarío de Elefantes Brasil; Giving advise on request to a variety of captive elephant welfare cases.

R for Research: ElephantVoices studies what elephants are capable of understanding, what they communicate with one another and how they make decisions. Our knowledge offers a better chance of finding solutions to the many challenges elephants face. Sound science is the basis of all our work.

In May 2021 we launched The Elephant Ethogram: A Library of African Elephant Behavior, a unique online searchable database that describes with text, photographic, video and audio exemplars the 300 behaviors we have defined. We are collaborating with other scientists on a study of elephant culture; Publishing scientific papers on elephant behavior and communication; Analysing and preparing for publication data from our field projects.

E for Education: To protect the lives of elephants and to sustain the beauty of the places they live, we must inspire people to care. The sharing of knowledge underpins everything we do.

We are: Frequently posting educational posts on social media partly based on the close to 3000 media files within the Elephant Ethogram, including over 2,400 educational video clips; Making ourselves available to the media covering elephant related news and feature stories; Making ourselves available for students and others interested in or working for the interest of elephants.

ElephantVoices is a synergistic team of two with complimentary skills. Joyce Poole has studied elephants and worked for their conservation and welfare for well over 40 years and is a world authority on their reproductive, communicative and cognitive behavior. Petter Granli is an economist with a broad experience from corporate management and communication combined with technical and web-related knowledge. They co-founded ElephantVoices in 2002, and have worked together since then. We are a small, efficient and flexible organization and we work where we know we can be most impactful.

Collaboration and networking is fundamental to achieving the goals of ElephantVoices. Our web of colleagues and volunteers, like the social network of elephants, extends far and wide across countries and continents. Even though our formal team is small - the big circle of individuals and institutions with whom we collaborate is far-reaching. In all our work a flexible, collaborative approach is at the core, to be able to optimise the value of a limited budget.

CONSERVATION HIGHLIGHTS
ElephantVoices' long-term elephant conservation project and building of local capacity in Gorongosa, Mozambique, was a significant component of the re-wilding of Gorongosa National Park by the Gorongosa Project. The project, started in 2011, established the presence of 800 elephants, up from some 120 at the end of the civil conflict in 1992. Our work on the impact of poaching on tusklessness in female elephants received much focus in the media. The last field trip to Gorongosa took place in September/October 2019 - the continued elephant work there is now run by Mozambicans.

ADVOCACY HIGHLIGHTS
The establishment of Santuario de Elefantes Brasil in Chapada, Mato Grosso, in June 2015 was a huge step toward improved welfare of captive elephants in South America. The Sanctuary currently (March 2023) has five resident elephants, and several more are expected during 2021.



ElephantVoices Joyce Poole is one of a few expert witnesses in a case argued by Non-human Rights Lawyer, Steven Wise, that elephants should be viewed as legal persons, which has also been making the headlines. Whatever one thinks about the means to an end, the fundamental basis for the argument is founded on our scientific understanding of elephant social behavior and cognition. It is sound and the keeping of elephants in solitary confinement is not.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT
Between 2017 and 2021 we created The Elephant Ethogram: A Library of African Elephant Behavior, based on our decades of work in Amboseli, Mara and Gorongosa. The Ethogram is an initiative to document the repertoire of African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) behavior. It represents a unique and comprehensive source of information about elephant behavior and communication, describing and preserving the postural, gestural and acoustic "language" and behavior of a species whose way of life and existence is threatened by human greed and expansion. The Elephant Ethogram was launched in May 2021, populated with over 2,400 video clips, and hundreds of audio field recordings, respective spectrograms, and images. The ongoing work with The Elephant Ethogram has led to several scientific spin-offs that are work-in-progress.

EDUCATION HIGHLIGHT
Educational outreach and awareness through external media and our own social media channels continues to receive high priority, with The Elephant Ethogram being an important source.

A KEY PRIORITY AHEAD
Of high priority for 2023 and 2024 is the further population of the Elephant Calls Database, a fully searchable database of elephant vocalizations that will eventually host ~10,000 records of annotated audio recordings. The primary objective of this initiative is to capture the voices of individual elephants and all of our knowledge related to the context in which they occurred so as to create a resource for study of elephant communication with the use of artificial intelligence, AI.

Financials

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ELEPHANTVOICES

Board of directors
as of 11/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Petter Granli

ElephantVoices

Term: 2008 -


Board co-chair

Dr. Joyce Poole

ElephantVoices

Term: 2008 -

Joyce Poole

ElephantVoices

Petter Granli

ElephantVoices

Andrew Dobson

Princeton University

Cynthia L Jensen

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data