Monthly Archives: September 2008

Last days with the elephants in Minneriya & Kaudulla

Manori and I had two fantastic last days – one in Kaudulla N.P. and one in Minneriya N.P. In Kaudulla we were fortunate to observe some very interesting defensive behavior during which we were confronted by a wall of elephants. One young female expressed her alarm at our presence by wide-eyed staring and by excited […]

Busy days – WD blog-writing – thank you for your support!

These are extremely busy days, with elephant-related issues following us around the clock, and work priorities are high on the agenda. Collaborating with people in different time-zones adds to the feeling that we live in a small, global society, although it does steal some sleep! Sri Lankans love elephants, despite an increasing number of human-elephant […]

Joyce’s travel diary Sri Lanka (4)

20/09/08 This morning Manori and I tried to solve some computer problems, sorted through ID photos and worked on a budget for the overall project. Our project will have quite a number of different components – social structure and demography, social behavior and communication, habitat use and movement patterns – with each of these informing […]

Joyce’s travel diary Sri Lanka (3)

18/09/08 This morning Manori and I worked on our ID photos from the previous afternoon and then had a meeting to discuss various aspects of the project. After that we had an early lunch of fruit and soup and then gathered our things and headed toward the park. The elephants are in the forest in […]

Joyce’s travel diary Sri Lanka (2)

Hi all, Manori and I arrived in the Minneriya area on evening of 16th. I have been bowled over at the generosity of people here. A friend of Manori’s owns the Hotel Sigiriya which is about a 30 minute drive through the forest to Minneriya and he very kindly invited us to stay free of […]

Joyce’s travel diary Sri Lanka

15/09/08 I arrived in Sri Lanka in the afternoon and Manori was at the airport to meet me. We had an hour long drive through traffic to the other side of town to her parent’s home where I was given a very warm welcome. Afternoon tea is a tradition here, just as in Kenya, and […]

From National Geographic to Sri Lanka

Hi all – Joyce here I returned on Friday evening from a three-day trip to Washington DC where I was attending an event at National Geographic to celebrate Iain Douglas-Hamilton’s 40 years of dedication to elephants. While there I participated in an in house discussion regarding the future of elephants and did a couple of […]

ElephantVoices on WCN expo in San Francisco 4 October – and in National Geographic meetings this week

Some of you may be able to visit our table at the World Conservation Networks 2008 wildlife conservation expo Saturday, October 4.  The expo takes place at Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco. You’ll find a flyer about the event here. Welcome! Joyce left this morning for Washington DC, where she Wednesday is going to […]

Starting new elephant conservation project in Sri Lanka

Back in 2003 Joyce and I visited Sri Lanka for a conference and to look into work carried out by Lalith Seneviratne and his team on human-elephant conflicts which was being sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. While we were there we had the good fortune to be taken on a two week […]