Links to organizations and information.
Amboseli Trust for Elephants
Cynthia Moss has been studying this group of elephants in Kenya's Amboseli National Park since 1972 - the longest running African elephant field research project in the world. Her studies of more than 2,000 elephants (1,400 still living) in their natural habitat are the most comprehensive ever undertaken.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: A Haven For Elephants & Rhinos
Based in Kenya's Tsavo National Park, this conservation organization is probably best known for it's African elephant orphan project. Headed by Dame Daphne Sheldrick, the Trust has successfully saved and hand-reared over 82 infant African elephant calves, two from the day of birth. Currently, over 40 of the Trust’s hand-reared elephants are fully established and living free amongst their wild peers in Tsavo, some returning with wild born young to show their erstwhile human family.
The Elephant Listening Project
ELP began at the Portland Zoo in 1984, when Katy Payne felt (more than heard) the low-frequency rumbling communication of two Asian elephants, a male and female, who were standing on opposite sides of a concrete wall. In the following years, Katy and a group of dedicated colleagues demonstrated that elephants often communicate using sounds below the threshold of human hearing, that these sounds carry over vast distances, and that elephants use vocal communication to bind their complex family social system together. The earliest research was focused on savannah elephants, but increasingly the focus has been on forest elephants in the rainforests of Central Africa.
Researcher Joyce Poole's website is full of information and additional links, sounds, and images.
The Elephant Sanctuary
Founded by Carol Buckley and Scott Blais in 1995, this natural-habitat refuge in Tennessee is for sick, old and needy endangered Asian elephants.
Save The Elephants
Founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton, one of the world's foremost authorities on the African elephant, pioneered the first in-depth scientific study of elephant social behaviour in Tanzania's Lake Manyara National Park at age 23. This is a very informative site.
Elephant News Service
Since 2000, Save the Elephants has been running the world’s only free email elephant news service dedicated to disseminating daily news stories, publications and resources on both the Asian and African elephants. This service is run by researcher Melissa Groo, based in the United States. To subscribe, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Request African/Asian (as appropriate) Elephant” or “Request Both”.
Performing Animal Welfare Society
Founded in 1984, by former Hollywood animal trainer and author, Pat Derby, and her partner, Ed Stewart, PAWS maintains three sanctuaries for captive wildlife - 30 acres in Galt, California, 100 acres (The Amanda Blake Wildlife Refuge) in Herald, California and 2,300 acres of pristine, natural habitat (ARK 2000) in San Andreas, California.
The Kerulos Center
Dr. Gay Bradshaw's work was what got me going on the Elephant project - specifically her work on post-traumatic stress disorder in young African elephants. Bradshaw's Kerulos Center is a non-profit organization based on the scientific understanding of animals as thinking, feeling, sentient beings.
The Human Elephant Foundation
A foundation started by South African artist Andries Botha. The site includes amazing images of life-sized elephant sculptures made from recycled materials.
* * * * *
ART & THE NATURAL WORLD
Collier is doing some fascinating work with invasive species. Past projects have included work with starlings and parrots. New projects include the asian carp and it's threat to midwestern waterways. Hilarious, very dry, and devastating.
Hogin's paintings tiptoe on the line between Old Masters and modern day paranoia/apocalypse.
Jennifer Monson / iLand
iLAND Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance investigates the power of dance, in collaboration with other fields, to illuminate our kinetic understanding of the world. Artistic director, Jennifer Monson, is a choreographer and performer who's history runs broad and deep.
Isabella Rossellini / Green Porno and Seduce Me
Short films about sex in the natural world. Very handmade and very funny.
Maya Lin / What Is Missing?
Described as "Maya Lin's last memorial, will focus attention on species and places that have gone extinct or will most likely disappear within our lifetime. She envisions it as a multi-site video project, as a site on the Internet, and as a book."
Sam has made and collected some brilliant video work around/about animals. Great great great POV cameras like tarantula-cam, wolf-cam, armadillo-cam. He's working on a real-live, brick-and-mortar museum that will be opening in St. Paul, Minnesota (I think).
Lisa Jevbratt / Zoomorph
Lisa and her crew are working on a plug-in/filter/app that will allow humans to see how various non-human animals see.
Maria's making some thought-provoking work about the intersection of animals, institutions, art and perception.
* * * * *
* * * * *
FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES