Born Free’s dear friend and indefatigable elephant advocate Hezy Shoshani tragically lost his life in a minibus bombing in Ethiopia last week.
Professor Jeheskel “Hezy” Shoshani was among several people killed in an explosion in a public bus in downtown Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 20, 2008. Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute CEO Will Travers said of this loss, “For many years Hezy served as our guiding light, informing and inspiring us in the struggle to save elephants. I consider him a friend, a colleague, and a hero. He cannot be replaced. He will not be forgotten.”
Hezy was an Evolutionary Biologist and a world-renowned elephant specialist who studied the species for over 35 years. Hezy established the Elephant Research Foundation in 1977. He published about 200 scientific articles and books on elephants and edited the publication Elephant. He taught at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan USA, for approximately 25 years and at the University of Asmara in Eritrea since 1998. Last year he moved to Ethiopia to teach at the University of Addis Ababa.
Hezy was a compassionate individual and a passionate advocate of elephant conservation. His death is a tragic blow to his wife, Sandra Shoshani, to the elephant conservation community, and to the Born Free family.