Researchers at the Elephant Listening Project assembled a dozen of their favorite images taken during their time in central Africa. See what Katy Payne describes as "Grand Central Station for elephants."
Katy Payne is an acoustic biologist with a Quaker sensibility. From the wild coast of Argentina to the rainforests of Africa, she discovered that humpback whales compose ever-changing songs and that elephants communicate across long distances by infrasound. Here, she reflects on life in this world through her experiences with two of the most exotic creatures.
Listen to the magical music of the humpback whales and hear Katy Payne's recordings of elephants in the Dzanga forest clearing from 2002.
Pertinent Posts from the On Being Blog
Our producer explores the bond she shares with her dog, Oban.
What happens when you transition from a listener who hears Katy Payne's voice through the radio to a producer who has to contact her by phone?
A great video from Pop!Tech featuring our guest this week, acoustic biologist Katy Payne, on capturing elephant infrasound inaudible to the human ear and linking those sounds to an elephant’s behavior.
About the Image
Elephants cool off at the Dzanga forest clearing.
Voices on the Radio
Host/Producer: Krista Tippett
Senior Editor: Trent Gilliss
Senior Producer: David McGuire
Technical Director/Producer: Chris Heagle
Associate Producer: Nancy Rosenbaum
Associate Producer: Susan Leem
Coordinating Producer: Stefni Bell
A profound stutter as a child left Alan Rabinowitz virtually unable to communicate and to prefer animals to people. Now a conservationist of tigers and jaguars, an explorer of the world's last wild places, he has extraordinary insight into both animals and the human condition.
Silence is an endangered species, says Gordon Hempton. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox." Quiet is a "think tank of the soul." We take in the world through his ears.