Joyce Poole, Elephant Expert Extraordinaire

by | May 12, 2010

Joyce Poole–co-founder of ElephantVoices and considered one of the world’s foremost elephant experts–discusses some of her pioneering work in the realm of elephant communication, including identifying and decoding their vocalizations; addresses some of the techniques for moving unobtrusively close to elephants over more than 30 years of studying them, often in East Africa, perhaps most notably in Amboseli National Park (which, as someone enormously passionate about elephants, I was fortunate enough to visit several years ago).

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Elephants in Amboseli National Park, photo by Duncan Strauss

Poole outlines the history and mission of ElephantVoices and touches on the organization’s immensely deep, rich website; opines on how kids and others might appreciate elephants without experiencing them in a captive setting like a zoo–suggesting zoos could present multi-media exhibits about elephants as opposed to the pachyderms themselves; offers her opinion about the prospects of elephant-free circuses in the coming years, and more.

COMEDY CORNER: Myq Kaplan’s “Ducks And Vegetarianism”

MUSIC: Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brother’s version of “Too Many Fish In The Sea,” Minus The Bear’s “Animal Backwards,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: King Crimson’s “Elephant Talk”

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