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Joyce Poole and Petter Granli

of ElephantVoices


ElephantVoices inspiring wonder in the intelligence, complexity and voices of elephants, and securing a kinder future for them through conservation, research and the sharing of knowledge.

Joyce Poole
Joyce Poole has studied elephants since 1975, holds a Cambridge University PhD in elephant behavior, and played a key role in obtaining the ivory trade ban in 1989. She is a world authority on elephant social, reproductive, communicative and cognitive behavior and has dedicated her life to the conservation and welfare of elephants. Poole headed the Kenya Wildlife Service Elephant Program from 1990-1994 where she was responsible for elephant conservation and management throughout Kenya. She is author of numerous scientific publications, two books and is lead author of The Elephant Charter. Dr. Poole and husband, Petter Granli founded and direct ElephantVoices. In 2011 they initiated an ongoing elephant conservation project in the Maasai Mara. Read more on elephantvoices.org.

Petter Granli
An economist with significant corporate experience in management and communication, Petter Granli 's venture into wildlife conservation began in 1998 as one of the founders of the award-winning Norwegian eco-travel company, Basecamp Explorer, which he directed for three years. In this capacity he initiated the Maasai Mara Cheetah Conservation Project and several collaborative eco-projects involving the Maasai. In 2004, while working together with Joyce Poole, he initiated a human-elephant conflict mitigation project around the Amboseli area. Together with Joyce he founded and directs ElephantVoices. Read more on elephantvoices.org

Gift to the Maasai Mara, a Male Elephant is Born

By Joyce Poole Petter Granli and I left Cottars 1920s Safari Camp on the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, the northern extension of the great Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. We were heading toward the Sand River crossing, where elephants had been seen the evening before. The route was not direct, as tracks twisted and…

Little Fellow Knew Nothing About CITES

Little Fellow was a good-looking young bull with splayed tusks and ear lobes that curled out. But he would not live long enough to pass his genes on to the next generation. Born in the late 1990s, Little Fellow entered a world that was pretty safe for elephants. But today, 24 years on, it certainly isn’t. The ongoing slaughter is threatening the survival of the species, as well as tourism, economies, and stability in many African countries.

Every Tusk Costs a Life; Stop the Trading and the Buying

The conservation charity ElephantVoices has launched a campaign on two powerful pieces of graphic art by New York artist, Asher Jay. The artworks, with the slogans, “Every Tusk Costs a Life; Don’t Buy Ivory” and “Every Tusk Costs a Life; Stop the Trade” target potential buyers and decision-makers, and are also specifically directed toward a Chinese audience. China is believed to be the largest market for illegal ivory, a trade which is causing the poaching of more than 2,000 wild elephants per month.

Harmonizing Elephant Deaths

What does it actually mean to “harmonize” elephant mortality and why should we do it? The simple answer is that with many people engaged in elephant conservation in Kenya, we need to agree on the actual figures, so that we can document what is going on and react in an appropriate way. In reality the situation is a bit more complex.