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Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton CBE

One of the world's foremost authorities on the African elephant, Dr Douglas-Hamilton pioneered the first in-depth scientific study of elephant social behaviour in Tanzania's Lake Manyara National Park at age 23.

He received a D. Phil in zoology from the University of Oxford for his work. During the 1970s he investigated the status of elephants throughout Africa and was the first to alert the world to the ivory poaching holocaust. He chronicled how Africa's elephant population was halved between 1979 and 1989 and helped bring about the worldwide ivory trade ban.

Iain and his wife Oria have co-authored two award-winning books, "Among the Elephants" and "Battle for the Elephants" and have made numerous television films. He founded Save the Elephants in 1993 at the suggestion of Felix Appelbe in order to create an effective and flexible NGO dedicated specifically to elephants.

Iain serves on the data review task force of the African Elephant Specialist Group of IUCN,and the Technical Advisory Group for MIKE. He also conducts regular lecture tours and and works with the media to promote STE's mission and awareness of elephants in general. Over the last few years Iain has spoken at numerous conferences including the Wildlife Conservation Network, and the 7th World Wilderness Congress. In 2012, Dr. Douglas-Hamilton spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Ivory and Insecurity: The Global Implications of Poaching in Africa. In 2013, Iain's high level meeting at the White House was followed by both the Obama Executive Order, and the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to action to Stop the Killing, Stop the Trafficking and Stop the Demand for ivory. Additionally, Iain has spoken at Universities, Zoological Societies, Embassies and private fundraising functions throughout Europe and America. His chief research interest is to understand elephant choices by studying their movements. For his work on elephants he was awarded one of conservation's highest awards the Order of the Golden Ark in 1988 and the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015. Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton was named the recipient of the 2010 Indianapolis Prize, one of the world's leading awards for animal conservation. In recognition for his lifetime achievements, he received the Lilly Medal at a gala ceremony presented by Cummins Inc., at The Westin Hotel in Indianapolis.

 

 
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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Morphological Computation (for 1 yr) at Zoology, Oxford The main responsibilities of the position are: study web materials using the full range of available techniques e.g. laser vibrometry, high speed imaging, Finite Element Analysis; participate in the development of novel measurement and analytical techniques.

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San Diego Zoo Global honor two elephant researchers San Diego Zoo Global honored the work of two leading field biologists and researches Thursday who have dedicated their lives to saving elephants Article

Electronics Engineer for Elephant Tracking The Save the Elephants radio-tracking team seeks electronic engineer to work in-house on the next generation of high-level radio-collars

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Five ways to scare off elephants Living amid wild animals is not easy, especially when the animal in your backyard is a large elephant Full Article

Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in Africa Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study says. Full Article

How locals and conservationists saved the elephants of Mali amidst conflict and poverty At a time when Africa's elephants are facing a relentless poaching crisis - to the tune of over 20,000 dead every year - one community has managed to safeguard their elephants in the most unlikely of places: Mali.Full Article

Do elephants call "human!"? New collaborative research shows that African elephant alarm calls distinguish between threats from humans and bees. Full Article

Li BingBing's mini-documentary on elephants and ivory poaching To mark World Wildlife Day we have launched a short film with UNEP's Goodwill Ambassador Li BingBing to share the wonder of elephants and spread the message of the horrific impacts of poaching. Full Article

Michelle Henley wins the 2013 WESSA National Award For her extensive contribution to the understanding of elephant migratory behaviour and for the use of this information towards insights into their environmental impact and towards anti-poaching efforts. Full Article

Protecting Mali's Elephants Until 2012 the Gourma elephants escaped the ivory poaching crisis that is sweeping across Africa. In 2012 three were killed, despite the poor quality of their tusks. Full Article

Yao Ming Says No to Ivory and Rhino Horn
Former NBA star and Chinese icon, Yao Ming, launches a major public awareness campaign targeting consumption of ivory and rhino horn in China in partnership with WildAid, Save the Elephants, African Wildlife Foundation, and the Yao Ming Foundation. Full Article

Mali's Fragile Elephant Population at Risk
Due to the recent surge of violence in Mali, led by Extremists in the North, the outlook for Mali's Gourma Elephants looks increasingly concerning. Full Article

Kenya: Elephants Risk Extinction Due to Poaching
An interview with Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton on the threat to elephants by increased poaching due to the increased demand for ivory. Full Article

Conserving large carnivores: dollars and fence
A new study on the conservation of lions demonstrating the a clear benefit to lion population by the use of fencing to protect both people and wildlife. Full Article

From Elephants’ Mouths, an Illicit Trail to China
"The Chinese hold the key to the elephants' future. If things continue the way they are, many countries could lose their elephants altogether."
Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants. Full Article

Blood Ivory
An Op-Ed in the New York Times about the continued increase in elephants killed for their ivory to fuel China's growing demand. Full Article

Ivory Poaching Threatens ‘Elephant Memory’
The large number of mature and experienced African elephants being killed illegally for their ivory is exposing young surviving elephants to a higher risk of mortality from predation and other risks, wildlife conservationists said today. Full Article

New report confirms ‘major surge’ in ivory smuggling in 2011
Illegal trade in ivory is at its highest levels in nearly two decades, and 2011 witnessed a ‘major surge’, according to a report released by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Full Article

Violence in Mali Threatening Survival of Endangered Elephants
University of British Columbia and Oxford University researchers have revealed the secrets of survival of an endangered population of African elephants in the unforgiving Sahara desert. The animals have the largest migration among elephants, the study finds, but recent violence in Mali may now be putting them at risk. Full article 

New Book by Clive Hambler & Susan Canney: Conservation
Further information here. Until 31st December, 20% discount on order here 

Mali mobilizes to protect the desert elephants
Despite the significant unrest and political turmoil in Mali over the past 7 months, WILD & the International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC) are glad to report that our Mali Elephant Project (MEP) has continued to work with the local communities and create a multifaceted response to protect the desert elephants in conjunction with the Mali government. Full Article

Dr. Lucy King talks about her research on BBC radio
BBC radio interview about an alarm call elephants produce when threatened by bees. Listen here

Conservationists use new tactics in the battle with poachers
Chinese basketball star Yao Ming is heading an ambitious new initiative to inform affluent Chinese of the effect increased demand for ivory in China is having on elephant numbers. Full Article

 

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