Iain Douglas-Hamilton

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Iain Douglas-Hamilton
Born (1942-08-16) 16 August 1942 (age 72)
Residence Africa
Nationality British
Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford
Doctoral advisor Nikolaas Tinbergen
Known for Study of elephant behaviour
Notable awards Indianapolis Prize
Spouse Oria Rocco
Children Saba Douglas-Hamilton

Iain Douglas-Hamilton OBE (born 16 August 1942) is a zoologist known for his study of elephants.

Life and work[edit]

Douglas-Hamilton earned both a B.Sc. in biology and a D.Phil. in zoology from Oriel College, Oxford, and he is the recipient of the 2010 Indianapolis Prize for his work on elephant conservation.[1] His chief research interest is to understand elephant choices by studying their movements. In 1993, he founded the organization Save the Elephants. He is a frequent keynote speaker at the annual Wildlife Conservation Network expo.[2]


He is the son of Lord David Douglas-Hamilton and Ann Prunella Stack. Wildlife documentary presenter Saba Douglas-Hamilton is his daughter.


  • Among the Elephants, with Oria Douglas-Hamilton. Doubleday, 1975.
  • Battle for the Elephants, with Oria Douglas-Hamilton. Viking, 1992.


  1. ^ Indianapolis Zoological Society (2010). "Elephant Expert Iain Douglas-Hamilton Receives 2010 Indianapolis Prize" (PDF). Indianapolis Zoological Society. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Wildlife Conservation Network Expo". Wildlife Conservation Network. 

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