Removed from Complicity

I recently gave a talk about ivory in a local (Oregon) community. Somewhere in my 30 minutes on stage I felt several members of the crowd begin to turn against me. This had never happened to me before. As soon as it was over I was approached by several (very agitated) guests. One of them

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Deep River and the History of Ivory in the US – Part I

“If Americans are going to condemn others for trading in ivory they should at least know their own history,” – Marta Daniels, Freelance Journalist and Historian. Deep River is a sleepy little quintessential town in Connecticut. From the outside it looks innocent enough. Situated just two hours outside of New York it has become a

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Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

The 2016 Global March for Elephants and Rhinos is right around the corner. This year The KOTA Foundation has been asked to be one of the main presenters at this event in Portland, Oregon. There are over 126 cities marching on September 24 so go to the Global March for Elephants website to look for

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The “Soul of the Elephant”

Two of the most remarkable researchers I have ever known (well I don’t know them personally but I admire them greatly) are Dereck and Beverly Joubert of the Great Plains Foundation. Recently on “Ellen” they spoke about their latest documentary “Soul of the Elephant.” It is one of the best I have ever seen and

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The Conception of Self

Self-Awareness is the capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from others. Why is this important? Because recognizing one’s self is correlated with higher forms of empathy or altruistic behavior. In other words, when an individual cares more for others than himself in a given moment. This is a

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The Keystone to Africa

Elephants are a keystone species – what does that mean? A keystone species is an animal that plays a unique and crucial role in the way an ecosystem functions. Without elephants the ecosystem would be dramatically different or cease to exist altogether. There are hundreds of different species that depend on elephants for their survival.

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Point of Reference

I have always been passionate about elephants. It was with me as early as I can remember. Elephants were always something of great mystery to me and though I never actually thought I’d ever have the opportunity to work with them in any capacity, I certainly daydreamed about it a lot. What I did have

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The Developmental Delay

Most mammals are born with brains that are about 90% of what the brain will weigh as an adult. This is important because it means that a lot of what the young animal needs to learn in order to survive has already developed in the brain at birth and doesn’t need to be taught later.

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The Elephant Samurai

It was recently discovered that elephant’s don’t get cancer. Well, they do but not nearly as often as they should. So Dr. Joshua Shiffman and a group of researchers at the University of Utah set out to find out why. What they discovered is just plain cool when it comes to science. We have white

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