Elodie Massiot

Elodie Massiot



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Graduated in Ethology and Ecophysiology at the University of Strasbourg, I am doing a second master degree in geography and ecology at the University of Paris. This dual competence permit me to create and realise a research projet combining both natural et social sciences : Anticipate wolves return : from the situation overview to action. I am actually conducting this research in the south of Vienne (86) as a intern at the MJC Claude Nougaro in Montmorillon.
Additional affiliations
December 2021 - February 2022
chambre d'agriculture de la vienne
  • Technical assistant
  • Gathering information and feedback about wolves returns, PNA measures, use of protecting dogs and fences.
April 2021 - October 2022
laboratoire ruralités
  • intern
  • First step of anticipating wolves return in a sheep breeding area by achieving territorial diagnosis: space use, relations between local actors, wolves perception and anticipation level of local structures
July 2019 - August 2021
World Animal Protection
  • Consultant
September 2020 - August 2021
Paris Diderot University
Field of study
  • Geography and Ecology
September 2016 - June 2017
University of Strasbourg
Field of study
  • Ecophysiology and ethology
September 2014 - June 2015
Université de Rennes 1
Field of study
  • Animal and human behaviour


Publications (6)
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Baker & Winkler (2020) point out the entanglement among free-living elephants, captive elephants and humans in the elephant tourism industry. Where all living beings-captive and free-living-are more or less affected by human presence or activity, the binary notion of wild and captive, and in situ and ex situ conservation becomes inadequate. B&W cha...
In Thailand, it is estimated that there are 4400 captive Asian elephants and between 2500-3000 wild elephants. Of the Asian elephants in tourism, about 86% of them are kept in substandard conditions. These elephants are tethered on short chains, have little or no access to natural forage, and limited social interactions. This highly controlled envi...
Rescue, rehabilitation, and rewilding of captive elephants offers a necessary and compassionate model for conservation in the Anthropocene. This new model permits the conservation of both Asian elephants and native forest. To understand the behavioral needs of rewilded elephants, we assessed the activity budgets of 4 Asian elephants, rewilded to na...
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Dans le monde, il existe 340 delphinariums répartis dans 60 pays qui abritent plus de 2500 cétacés. En Europe, le premier delphinarium ouvre ses portes en Espagne en 1966. On en recense actuellement 33 dans toute l’Union européenne pour un total d’environ 280 cétacés. En France, les delphinariums ont pour obligation d’être adaptés à la biologie de...
Does the social system have an impact on the acoustic production? We compare the tonal vocalizations of Tonkean macaques and rhesus macaques, and found a higher vocal variability and vocal repertoire for the tolerant species (Macaca tonkeana) compared to the intolerant species.


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Projects (2)
Dans un premier temps, l'objectif est de faire un diagnostic complet du territoire de l'étude, le Montmorillonnais (sud de la Vienne). Ensuite, à partir de ce diagnostic, l'objectif sera de créer une assemblée citoyenne, le "Parlement du loup" réunissant tous les acteurs clefs du territoire afin de d'élaborer et mettre en place des solutions de cohabitation avec le prédateur.
Of the Asian elephants in tourism industry in Southeast Asia, about 86% of them are kept in substandard conditions. This highly controlled environment leads to a poor quality of life, health problems and development of stereotypical behaviours. To combat the poor welfare, rescue, rehabilitation, and rewilding of captive elephants offers a necessary and compassionate model for elephant protection in the Anthropocene. Towards this end, it is imperative we understand the behavioural, psychological, and ecological needs of re-wilded elephants.