Joyce Poole

Gift to the Maasai Mara, a Male Elephant is Born

By Joyce Poole Petter Granli and I left Cottars 1920s Safari Camp on the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, the northern extension of the great Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. We were heading toward the Sand River crossing, where elephants ...

Name That Elephant: How to Identify Elephants in the Wild

By Christy Ullrich National Geographic Elephants are some of nature’s most majestic creatures. But how do scientists know who’s who in the wild? To think like an elephant scientist, it’s important to look at key characteristics, said ...

Name That Elephant: How to Identify Elephants in the Wild

By Christy Ullrich National Geographic Elephants are some of nature’s most majestic creatures. But how do scientists know who’s who in the wild? To think like an elephant scientist, it’s important to look at key characteristics, said ...

Little Fellow Knew Nothing About CITES

On Friday, February 22, we spent a couple of hours with a teenage male elephant named Little Fellow, in a conservancy outside the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Little Fellow was a good-looking young bull with splayed tusks and ear ...

Every Tusk Costs a Life; Stop the Trading and the Buying

The conservation charity ElephantVoices has launched a campaign on two powerful pieces of graphic art by New York artist, Asher Jay. The artworks, with the slogans, “Every Tusk Costs a Life; Don’t Buy Ivory” and “Every Tusk Costs a ...

Harmonizing Elephant Deaths

Bathed in moonlight, we lay waiting for the alarm to ring 4:30 a.m., when we would have to drag ourselves out of bed. The Rift Valley was arranged in sharp relief below us, tranquil and magical. A moment of stillness; ...