The Zebula Golf Estate & Spa, location of the 16th International Elephant Conservation & Research Symposium

Symposium Takeover!

Phew! What a whirlwind! We can hardly believe the 16th International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium is over. We had over 65 talks and presentations from presenters from all over the world, held Africa’s first ever EEHV Workshop, did a Night Sky Stargazing Safari where we learned how elephants are connected to celestial bodies, and even had an avian party crasher! If you weren’t there, you missed a great one!

Never fear, we are working on a proceedings that will be released via our website in the coming months. While impossible to include everything, it will include as much as we can fit! In the meantime, here are a couple highlights:

The main lodge at Zebula where talks, meals.

First morning of talks, bright and early!

Keynote Speaker Ian Craig of Northern Rangelands Trust speaking
about community conservancies and conservation.

IEF Executive Director Deborah Olson addressing the General Session.

Visitors at the Zebula resort. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Manero.)

Merriment at mealtime. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Manero.)

IEF’s co-host for the Symposium was Adventures With Elephants (AWE), an amazing elephant experience that offers both encounters and supports conservation work.  Conference participants were treated to an introduction/experience with the elephants of AWE.  Often those who work conserving elephants do not get many opportunities to interact with the species, making this opportunity such as doing a high five that much more special.  -> watch the video

IEF Symposium

IEF was honored to have so many enthusiastic, dedicated, and distinguished attendees and participants!  Thank you for making this year’s Symposium the best one yet!  Until next time, we leave you with this peek  into the opening event and the Keynote address from Northern Rangelands Trust’s Ian Craig.