School Clubs

Impact of Sega’s WMA Trip: Initial Thoughts

Impact of Sega’s WMA Trip: Initial Thoughts

November 3, 20130 Comments

Mr. Enock Gray, Sega Girls School teacher and adviser to the Sega Anti-Ivory Club, had these initial reflections on the impact of the students’ October 2013 trip to visit the Jukumu WMA. More details from the students to follow in future blog posts! SEGA SCHOOL ANTI IVORY CLUB PATRON MR. ENOCK GRAY (R) WITH SOME […]

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Sega School Club Takes Research & Reporting Trip to Jukumu WMA

Sega School Club Takes Research & Reporting Trip to Jukumu WMA

November 1, 20130 Comments

The Anti-Ivory Club at the Sega Girls School in Tanzania took a 3-day research and reporting field trip on October 18-20, 2013  to visit the Jukumu Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Below is the trip report from their teacher and club sponsor Mr. Enock Gray. What a tremendous learning adventure for these young ladies! Please stay […]

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Sega Girls Produce a Video About Poaching

October 4, 20130 Comments

Street theater – or in this case “field theater” is known to be a powerful method for spreading awareness among the general public. Members of the Sega Girls School Anti-Ivory Club put together this enactment of elephants and poachers, ending with a plea for protecting elephants.

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Tanzania School Club – Lots of Activities Underway

Tanzania School Club – Lots of Activities Underway

August 16, 20130 Comments

The girls met and heard the song THIS ACHE by Celia Ho. They were moved so much and practiced it!!! They sang it loudly and emotionally. We all felt the powerful words of the song and that we all felt like ELEPHANT MOTHERS!!! I liked the way the girls sang with Celia!!! We discussed some […]

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How I Became An Elephant

Elephant Buzz: HIBE at Wild & Scenic Film Fest

Elephant Buzz: HIBE at Wild & Scenic Film Fest

January 14, 20140 Comments

Juliette West spoke at several screenings of the film How I Became An Elephant at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA, Jan 9-12. She also spoke with 800 school children who gathered for a special screening and presentation by Juliette. Here is a partial list of mentions: Post by Wild & […]

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New Review of How I Became An Elephant

New Review of How I Became An Elephant

January 8, 20140 Comments

Here’s a great new review of How I Became An Elephant in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of VIDEO LIBRARIAN. View pdf of review.

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Upcoming Event: Screening & Talk at Wild & Scenic Film Fest – Jan 9-12, 2014

Upcoming Event: Screening & Talk at Wild & Scenic Film Fest – Jan 9-12, 2014

January 8, 20140 Comments

Juliette West will be in Nevada City/Grass Valley for the Wild & Scenic Film Fest, running from January 9-12, 2014.  If you’re in the area, or in the mood for a road trip, please stop by! How I Became An Elephant will be screened twice and there will be a special event for youth at […]

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Juliette talks to students in Napa

Juliette talks to students in Napa

November 1, 20130 Comments

While attending the Napa Film Festival for the screening of How I Became an Elephant, Juliette spoke to four Napa schools.

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Advocacy Training

Hawaiian Anti-Ivory Bill

March 28, 20140 Comments

Recently Hawaii state government has been dealing with a bill to ban ivory trade in the state. Yesterday, the Economic Development and Business Committee of Hawaii unanimously passed the bill! However, the fight is not over. Tomorrow, March 28 the bill must pass in the Judiciary House, in order to move on to be voted […]

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URGENT ACTION: Email NY State Assembly Members Before Jan 16

URGENT ACTION: Email NY State Assembly Members Before Jan 16

January 8, 20140 Comments

The NY state assembly will meet on January 16 to discuss the ivory trade. Please email assembly members to tighten restrictions on ivory sales and move to ban. Below is an email you can send – or write your own!  Here are the email addresses of the committee members who will meet. To: Sweeney@assembly.state.ny.us, abinantit@assembly.state.ny.us, […]

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Beautiful song from Elephant Mama to Elephant Baby

August 13, 20130 Comments

This is a gorgeous and heartbreaking song, with lyrics and vocals by our friend, 14-year old Celia Ho in Hong Kong.  It’s about a mother elephant who is about to get poached and she is talking to her baby elephant… Celia has given her permission to share this widely for the purposes of conservation. So […]

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Four Activists Stopping the Ivory Trade in China

June 19, 20130 Comments

If you’ve read Cedar Attanasio’s Supply/Demand series on China and Africa, you know that the ivory trade is out of control in that country. But there are committed activists doing something about it. In this post, we share just four stories of Chinese citizens speaking up against the ivory trade. Yao Ming: The Athlete China’s […]

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Issue Education

Hawaiian Anti-Ivory Bill

March 28, 20140 Comments

Recently Hawaii state government has been dealing with a bill to ban ivory trade in the state. Yesterday, the Economic Development and Business Committee of Hawaii unanimously passed the bill! However, the fight is not over. Tomorrow, March 28 the bill must pass in the Judiciary House, in order to move on to be voted […]

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Elephant Populations Dwindle as Conservation Advocates Look for Solutions

February 25, 20140 Comments

They’re popular attractions at zoos and well-known characters in animated movies, but our relationship with elephants has turned sour over time. The Bodhi Tree Foundation estimates that 90 percent of the African Elephant population has been slaughtered in the past 50 years. SaveAfricasElephants.com paints a bleak picture. “At this rate, the elephant — a keystone […]

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Reading List: Elephant Ivory Trade

Reading List: Elephant Ivory Trade

December 9, 20130 Comments

Key Articles About the Ivory Trade “Blood Ivory” by Bryan Christy, National Geographic, October 2012. “A Voice for the Elephants” series of blogs and videos, National Geographic “Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits” by Jeffrey Gettleman, The New York Times, September 3, 2012. Many more: See JulietteSpeaks Twitter Feed Key […]

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Confessions of A (Reformed) Elephant Trainer

Confessions of A (Reformed) Elephant Trainer

October 23, 20130 Comments

When I tell people I used to train elephants for a living, I am usually, and understandably, met with disbelief. “No way!”  No, really! I spent two years working with one of the planet’s most incredible creatures. A few months before my 20th birthday, I walked into a local theme park and told them I wanted […]

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Other Recent Posts

Juliette Talks with Mark Thompson on KFI Radio

Juliette Talks with Mark Thompson on KFI Radio

August 15, 20130 Comments

This evening Juliette West spoke with radio host Mark Thompson on KFI Radio 640 AM.  KFI is the #1 radio station in Southern California. Juliette spoke about the movie How I Became An Elephant and how she got involved. We’ll post the interview online as soon as it’s available! Thank you Mark Thompson for helping […]

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BAFTA Screening of HIBE Movie at Roosevelt Park

August 3, 20130 Comments

Juliette West and Jorja Fox (CSI star and HIBE producer) spoke at a free family screening of the movie How I Became An Elephant in Roosevelt Park on August 3, 2013, the second annual Elephant Awareness Day. The event was sponsored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and drew about 200 […]

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State of the Elephants Update 2013

State of the Elephants Update 2013

August 3, 20130 Comments

State of the Elephants Update 2013 By Juliette West This is the 2013 update on the state of elephants. We continue our efforts to improve their lives in captivity and the wild, but there is still a long way to go to save this species. Ivory Trade There continues to be an increase in the […]

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