September 11, 2006 at 09:00 AM EDT
International Wildlife Experts To Visit The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

On September 17, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee will be host to a group of the world's most renowned scientists and researchers in the field of wildlife protection and animal welfare.

The group includes elephant behaviorist Dr. Joyce Poole who is currently Research Director of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in southern Kenya, and previously headed the Elephant Program at the Kenya Wildlife Service where she was responsible for elephant conservation and management throughout the country.

Also visiting will be Will Travers, Executive Director of Born Free UK, Adam Roberts from Born Free USA, and Rob Atkinson, Head of Wildlife, Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Several current and retired zoo professionals from Australia and the United States will also be in attendance, as well as representatives from The Animal Protection Institute, and In Defense of Animals.

The Elephant Sanctuary has previously had visits from Cynthia Moss, Director of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project and Katy Payne of the Elephant Listening Project. Education and non-invasive research about the crisis facing captive and wild elephants is an important part of the mission of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

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