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ATE team rescue another baby elephant from a well

Fri, 2012-10-12 21:13 by bntawuasa

We rescued this young eight months old calf early this week. Luckily the report came in early in the morning and we were able to get there quick before the mother was forced to leave by herders arriving to water their cattle. It was a happy ending as we were able to reunite the calf with her mother, Zombe. Here is the video of the rescue.

214th calf in our baby boom

Sat, 2012-09-29 06:11 by bntawuasa

Few days ago Amboseli welcomed another new baby from the FB family. The young and first time mother Felica is twelve years old and already she looks every bit experienced on how to handle her baby. The calf is tiny, short and quite nimble on his feet like no other we've seen so far. Here is a link to a short video about the calf, Enjoy.

Fenella's Albino Calf Airlifted to Orphanage

Tue, 2012-08-21 21:06 by bntawuasa
The calf in the well The capture

The eight months old Albino calf’s mother was first discovered missing approximately three weeks ago. No one here in Amboseli Elephant Research Project knows exactly what caused her disappearance but we suspect she fell victim after the recent crisis in Amboseli that lead to spearing and ultimately death for some animals. Elephant mothers rarely abandon their calves and go missing so it’s safe to assume that she is definitely dead at only 44 years of age. At the moment it’s fingers crossed when censusing our population hoping no more are missing.

Jemima's Albino Elephant Calf

Sat, 2011-12-17 12:35 by bntawuasa

Albino baby elephant first sighting by the Amboseli Elephant Research team in Amboseli National Park. Notice the white hair especially on the head and tail, pale skin and pinkish ears.

Click here to see the video.

Today in Pictures - Zelig in Musth

Thu, 2011-07-07 17:04 by bntawuasa
Zelig on the road, he came and walked right next to the car close-up

NAME: Zelig
CODE: 0365
DOB: 1982
AGE: 29

Abandoned 18 months old calf rescued

Fri, 2010-10-15 10:56 by bntawuasa
Keeper wrestling the calf The take down

This eighteen months old calf was first discovered on 14th of September when I was out with Katito on field work. I was quite amazed by Katito’s experience in observing Elephants. Even just before I switched off the engine she pointed out to me saying something is not right the youngest calf. We noticed that her skin had the tell tale signs of a malnourished calf and not as playful as one would expect of a young baby. She was in a group totaling seven individuals.

Life and death of Echo in The Sun

Thu, 2010-08-05 07:49 by bntawuasa

A comprehensive story on the life and death of the 'Majestic Echo'. Go to:

ATE Supports Amboseli Wet Season Aerial Wildlife Count

Sun, 2010-05-16 09:15 by bntawuasa
Airstrip map

ATE together with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and the Maasai Community around Amboseli National Park have just concluded an aerial wildlife count in the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro and Magadi Natron area. The exercise was the first of such magnitude involving Kenyan and Tanzanian researchers.

Mysterious infection that led to the death of UC-Drape Ears

Fri, 2009-10-16 09:44 by bntawuasa
UC Drape Ears, 2 days before his death Swollen feet

Up-Curved Drape Ears (Codename M0183) born in 1961 was a well known bull elephant and among the oldest currently in the Amboseli National Park. He acquired the name from his physical features—upwards curved tusks and drape like ears. Only a few Elephants are named for this reason, like a 24 years old male called Pigtail, who escaped narrowly from Hyenas by missing his tail.