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The EWP Newsletter - October 2022

Recent EWP activity

Fundraiser Pub Quiz

On the 16th of July we held a pub quiz at the Red Lion, a local pub in Kegworth, in order to fundraise for the project, as well as raise awareness of the purpose of our work. It was a great success, really good fun and everyone learnt lots of cool facts about elephants! 

 Social Media activity 

Our social media team have been very busy across all of our social media platforms, sharing lots of information and interesting elephant-related research papers, such as one about the positive impact of removing tethers overnight from elephants in Zimbabwe. If you’re not already, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so you don’t miss out on any updates or news

– Outreach Stalls

A few of our team members kindly dedicated some of their time to be at EWP stalls on campus both during term time and on Open Days to talk to staff and current students about our work, and teach prospective students about the EWP, the work we do and how they could involved in future!

Big news - upcoming event!

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On Friday 25th November, we are hosting a Black Tie Fundraiser Event at the Best Western Yew Lodge in Kegworth!

All of team have been working really hard to put this event together and we are so excited that it is open to everyone – students, staff and the general public! The night that will include a 3 course plant-based dinner, music from a Chamber Music Quartet, a charity auction of prizes from local businesses and a talk from our founder project founder and elephant specialist, Dr Lisa Yon. It is set to be a brilliant night so come along with your friends and enjoy supporting a great cause!

For more information and to book your tickets please click here or scan the barcode on the poster above.

Research Highlights

As always, the EWP team has been enjoying exploring lots of new and existing elephant research, so here are a few papers that we have read and liked recently, including one co-authored by our founder, Dr Lisa Yon (Williams et al., 2022). Give them a read and let us know what you think!

Dates for your diary!

26th October – Welfare and Ethics in Wildlife Conservation Programs talk

25th November – Black Tie Fundraiser Event 

TBC – Christmas market stalls

Photo credit; Bill Attwell (1)

The EBWAT App!

The Elephant Behavioural Welfare Assessment Tool (EBWAT) is a scientifically validated tool which allows keepers to use behavioural observations of the elephants under their care, in order to assess and monitor their welfare. The tool has been developed over the last decade by elephant experts, and routinely used by elephant holding zoos and wildlife parks across the UK since 2015, having been adopted into legislation. 

More recently, an android app has been created to make the EBWAT even more accessible and easy for keepers to use. The app removes the need for lots of paper and enables facilities to monitor welfare using a tablet, providing keepers with instant reports on the welfare over time of each individual elephant.

The data that is obtained from all of the facilities using the app is stored in a large repository at the University of Nottingham, which will be used for research to improve our understanding of elephant welfare, how it changes and how we can encourage positive welfare of elephants in captivity. 

Additionally, we hope this app will allow the EBWAT to reach keepers in elephant-keeping facilities across the world, including range countries, so the welfare of more elephants can be monitored, to aid research, and hopefully improved, for the benefit of the elephants themselves. 

To find out more about the EBWAT, please see the About Us page on our website!

What we're working on...

If you are based at the University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington campus, look out for our outreach stalls! We are hoping to have a table either in the Vet School Atrium or The Barn once a month, so if you have any questions about the project or want to donate, please feel free to come and say hello!


On the 26th of October, Dr Lisa Yon is hosting a Plenary talk for Asian Society for Conservation Medicine titled; ‘Welfare and Ethics in Wildlife Conservation Programs’ – it’s guaranteed to be an interesting one!