Jeheskel "Hezy" Shoshani (1943 – May 20, 2008) was an evolutionary biologist and a world-renowned elephant specialist who studied the family for over 35 years.
Shoshani 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, for approximately 25 years and at the University of Asmara in Eritrea starting in 1998. In 2007 he moved to Ethiopia to teach at the University of Addis Ababa. Hezy was a passionate advocate of elephant conservation.
Shoshani was among several people killed in a terrorism-linked explosion in a public minibus in downtown
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 20, 2008.
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Shoshani, Jeheskel; Walter, Robert C.; Abraha, Michael; Berhe, Seife; Tassy, Pascal; Sanders, William J.; Marchant, Gary H.; Libsekal, Yosief; Ghirmai, Tesfalidet; Zinner, Dietmar (November 14, 2006). "A proboscidean from the late Oligocene of Eritrea, a 'missing link' between early Elephantiformes and Elephantimorpha, and biogeographic implications". PNAS 103 (46): 17296–17301. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0603689103.
Shozo Yokoyama; Naomi Takenaka; Dalen W. Agnew; Jeheskel Shoshani (May 1, 2005). "Elephants and Human Color-Blind Deuteranopes Have Identical Sets of Visual Pigments". Genetics 170 (1): 335–344. doi: 10.1534/genetics.104.039511. PMC 1449733. PMID 15781694.
Ofri Ilani (May 22, 2008). . נהרג חוקר פילים ישראלי בפיגוע באתיופיה [Israeli researcher of elephants killed in attack in Ethiopia] (in Hebrew). Associated Press Haaretz . Retrieved . August 13, 2014
Erez Erlichman (May 25, 2008). (in Hebrew). עמית של חוקר הפילים שנהרג: הטבע איבד חבר [Fellow researcher of elephants killed: Nature lost a friend] Ynet . Retrieved . August 13, 2014
Jeheskel (Hezy) Shoshani Library Endowed Collection, formerly known as the Elephant Research Foundation Library (Wayne State University Libraries)