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Shifra Goldenberg

of Save the Elephants

Shifra Goldenberg is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. She conducts research in Samburu National Reserve, where she investigates the effects of poaching and other disruption on the social structure and survival of young female elephants.

Phylo: A Young Bull’s Final Moments

Shifra Goldenberg, a Colorado State University student researching the effects of poaching and other disruption on the social structure and survival of young female elephants, shares memories and thoughts of the recent poaching of a young elephant in a wildlife conservation reserve in Kenya. The bull, known to the research community as Phylo, was found with his face hacked off and ivory stolen by gunmen who came for him under the light of the full moon.