We believe that connections inspire people to care and then take action. Not everyone can travel around the world to the magical, and often remote, places where wildlife live, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to bring those parts of the world into our lives. For the month of June we are highlighting some of the opportunities and resources IEF has developed to make these connections a little easier.

Expanding Education Opportunities

Did you know that IEF has multiple resources that are perfect for teachers to share with their classes, students to expand their learning, and lifelong learners to connect with experts? Building the future through teaching about elephants and conservation is one of the most important things we can do, and we want to highlight some of our resources for you. Please feel free to share them (and this eNewsletter) with the teachers, professors, educators, and scholars in your life.

For the second year in a row, we are presenting our International Conservation & Research Symposium virtually! From August 15-19, 2022 you can learn from and connect with some of the world’s top researchers and conservationists from the comfort of your own home via Zoom. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in biology, environment, or conservation to learn from the best. Registration will open soon and is only $35 per person.

For younger students, IEF worked with Disney’s Animal Kingdom to create the Saving Elephants Educator’s Guide for Grade 2-6. It includes 12 lessons complete with activities and resources to help inspire creativity and love for elephants in young learners. It’s available for free on our website.

Our monthly Conservation Chats are the newest way to build connections with the people who actually work in the field and are making conservation happen. Each chat features a project leader from one of the many programs your donations have funded. They talk about their work, show photos and video, and take your questions. While you might not be able to travel in-person to Uganda, Sumatra, Zambia, Sri Lanka, or Namibia, these chats will almost certainly make you feel like you have a birds-eye view of the work being done. Check out our most recent chat below.

Please watch Chase LaDue who is researching musth in male Asian elephants in Sri Lanka and in elephants in human care bridging the gap between elephants in range countries and those in the United States. Learning more about elephant behavior helps inform future conservation actions and creates more effective ways to live together peacefully.

If you would like to be invited to future Conservation Chats, please email Julie Bates at [email protected].