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  Animal expert says she can speak elephant
Updated 12 November 2002, 21.07
Elephants
An elephant expert in Africa reckons she's worked out how to speak to the animals.

Dr Joyce Poole has been studying elephants in Kenya for 20 years and now says she can translate 75 different noises they make into words.

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Dr Poole says she can tell the difference between a baby that is upset and one that is hungry and even thinks the elephants try to imitate trucks they hear driving past them.

Dr Joyce Poole
Dr Poole talks to an elephant
She uses a computer to help understand the noises, but there is a serious reason to her years of study.

Dr Poole hopes she can spread the word to other people working with elephants so they can talk to the animals and help keep them safe.

It's hoped that in future they'll be able to convince elephants to stay away from areas where there are poachers who want to kill them for their ivory.

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