For the Love of Elephants

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, and other advocates for wild elephants will take part in a panel discussion in New York City this evening about the extinction crisis facing the world’s largest land mammal.

Presented by ABC Home and National Geographic, “For the Love of Elephants: Protecting the Endangered African Elephant by Ending Illegal Wildlife Poaching” will feature Clinton, John Hemingway, producer of National Geographic’s television documentary Battle for Elephants, Bryan Christy, wildlife investigative journalist and contributing writer for National Geographic Magazine, and Joshua Ginsberg, senior vice president of the Global Conservation Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Proceeds from the event will help fund the Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants, a project of the Clinton Global Initiative. The event is being held on the premises of ABH Home, which is currently featuring an exhibition of elephant photographs by National Geographic Explorer in Residence and wildlife photographer Beverly Joubert.

“The exhibition is key for both creating awareness and also a love for elephants,” Joubert says on the exhibition website. “If people aren’t drawn to the essence of who elephants are, then they may not care. And only by caring will they begin speaking up.” To see more of Joubert”s photographs and read her commentary about photographing elephants visit the exhibition website.

Approaching Storm: Crossing Kenya's Amboseli National Park in search of food. Dark foreboding clouds foretell a release of heat and rain, but the sun came through and the storm disappeared. Photograph by Beverly Joubert, from the National Geographic Creative/ABCHome The African Elephant Beverly Joubert Collection. Photograph used with permission of Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative.
Approaching Storm: Crossing Kenya’s Amboseli National Park in search of food. Dark foreboding clouds foretell a release of heat and rain, but the sun came through and the storm disappeared. Photograph by Beverly Joubert, from the National Geographic Creative/ABCHome The African Elephant Beverly Joubert Collection. Photograph used with permission of Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative.

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

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Forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. He has 120,000 followers on social media.

Assignments in 80 countries/territories included visits to a secret rebel base in Angola, Sahrawi camps in Algeria, and Wayana villages in the remote Amazon. Braun traveled with Nelson Mandela on the liberation leader’s Freedom Tour of North America, accompanied President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to their foundation’s projects in four African countries and Mexico, covered African peace talks chaired by Fidel Castro in Havana and Boutros Boutros-Ghali in Cairo, and collaborated with Angelina Jolie at World Refugee Day events in Washington, D.C. As a member of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, and media representative to the Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration, he joined researchers on field inspections in many parts of the world.

Braun has been a longtime member/executive of journalist guilds, press clubs, and professional groups, including the National Press Club (Washington) and editorial committee of the Online Publishers Association. He served as WMA Magazine of the Year Awards judge (2010-2012), advisory board member of Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest (2012), and multimedia/communications affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers (2015-2017).

David Braun edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world.

He also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience.

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