I’ve mentioned before how important it is to understand that elephants are individuals, as different from one another as you and I may be from our friends or other family members.
You may wonder how we tell individual elephants apart. In the same way when you start work at a new place you might remember people by their hair color or style, or how tall they are, when we start to get know elephants, we look at their ears, tusks and tails.
After a week based in Boston, Song of the Whale and team headed out to Stellwagen Bank, off Cape Cod, to help conduct a tracking and photogrammetry (making measurements from photographs) project on humpback and fin whales.
EU Sustainable Energy Week is currently running here in Brussels and across the EU. It’s a good week – shining a light on what kind of energy we use, how we use it and, of course, how we can minimise the environmental impact of the energy we use. I’m lucky enough to have a green energy supplier at home so the majority of my power comes from wind. It’s a bit more expensive in the short term but I can’t think of a more worthwhile long term investment.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare has to get involved where wildlife would otherwise be forgotten. That is why I took part in the recent “2nd European Forum of the Outermost Regions” in Brussels. It was a meeting between European Union representatives and leaders of the eight “outermost” overseas regions that are also an integral part of the EU: the Canary Islands (Spain), Madeira and the Azores (Portugal), Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, French Guiana and Réunion (France).
Wo die Tierwelt sonst vergessen wird, muss sich der IFAW einmischen. Deshalb habe ich gerade am „2. Forum der Gebiete in äußerster Randlage“ in Brüssel teilgenommen. Dies ist ein Treffen zwischen EU-Repräsentanten und den Staatschefs dieser acht „äußersten“ Überseegebiete, die voll und ganz Teil der Europäischen Union sind: die Kanarischen Inseln (Spanien), Madeira und die Azoren (Portugal), Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, Französisch Guyana und La Réunion (Frankreich).
This report was sent to International Fund for Animal Welfare headquarters by Mike Labuscagne, the manager of our Protecting Elephants in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park project.
I visited Mike and this project in January 2011 and saw first hand the suffering, death and habitat destruction caused by so-called “subsistence” hunters who, given modern economic realities, are simply the low-level shock troops for the large-scale commercial wildlife traders who are killing off wildlife at an alarming rate. - JK