One of the primary goals of ElephantVoices is to use our knowledge to speak up on behalf of elephants. We act as a voice for elephants via this website, social media, scientific and popular articles, lectures, TV documentaries, interviews, radio broadcasts, expert statement and testimony, appearing in court, where necessary.
The conservation and ethical treatment of wild elephants is of paramount importance, yet the individual distress and misery suffered by many captive elephants is also appalling and, given that many live in the zoos and circuses of wealthy countries, is totally unacceptable.
With over four decades of groundbreaking research on wild elephants, we are in a position to speak with confidence on the interests of elephants, wherever they may be. Scientific discoveries makes clear that we need to improve the way we care for elephants, and demand that we err on the side of caution when the interests of elephants are being considered. A range of statements and testimonies by ElephantVoices and by the Amboseli Trust for Elephants are available in the Multimedia Resources section of ElephantVoices.
Our individual and collective voices are vital to influence and direct this growing, contentious and often contradictory public debate about the future of elephants. You can add your voice by signing The Elephant Charter, and by speaking out for elephants and their interest whenever and wherever you can. You may also want to go through our Sanctuary for Elephants - Overall Principles document - a basis for our work in inspiring the creation of more sanctuaries around the world.
This short video is from a campaign launched by ElephantVoices in December 2017 - #BehaveMoreElephant - with the main message that we human beings have a lot to learn from elephants.