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Rescue of Lemoyian

Wed, 2012-10-10 11:44 by cmoss
Calf stuck in well Calf extracted

The ATE team got word that there was another calf stuck in the same well where they rescued one the day before. The well is way outside the Park on the border with Tanzania. Luckily we were at Tortilis Lodge when we got the message and that is much closer than our camp.

National Geographic on Blood Ivory

Mon, 2012-09-17 08:07 by cmoss

The Slaughter of Elephants for Ivory

Wed, 2012-09-05 05:40 by cmoss

Everyone should read this article, the first in a series in the New York Times. It's heartbreaking but it's something we have to know about and fight.

40th Anniversary of AERP

Sat, 2012-09-01 07:34 by cmoss
Wart Ear in 1975

I can't quite believe it myself, but today is the 40th anniversary of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project. On September 1, 1972 Harvey Croze and I started photographing the Amboseli elephants for individual recognition. The first family we came upon was assigned the letter 'A'. We named the matriarch Annabel, the next oldest female was called Wart Ear because she had a large wart on one ear. She should have been given a name beginning with 'A', but Wart Ear stuck. Two years later she became the matriarch of her family and held that position for the next 22 years.

The History of the QB Family

Sat, 2012-08-25 07:40 by cmoss
Quilla Qualida

During the first three years of the Amboseli elephant study we registered most of the families and by the time I set up a permanent camp in the center of the Park in September 1975, I knew 43 different families. There were, however, a few latecomers. In 1976 four families appeared to immigrate in from the east. All (GB, IB, KB, OB) eventually stayed and used the central part of the Park.

Important Changes to the ATE Website

Thu, 2012-08-16 14:41 by cmoss

We are pleased to announce that we are re-designing our website. As the process unfolds, we shall be 'turning off' the commenting feature of the current website. We shall continue to post our news and family histories on the site, along with our scientific articles and research news, as well as important data and text archives.

August 6th Amboseli Meeting

Tue, 2012-08-07 10:20 by cmoss

The crucial August 6th meeting between the Amboseli community and Kenya Wildlife Service occurred as scheduled with the Director Julius Kipng'etich leading the delegation. Nothing was resolved on the spot but tempers were cool and there was rational dialogue.

A section of the community presented KWS with a memorandum which the Director agreed to put before the board and ministry. They are supposed to respond in 21 days.

The Chairman of Olgulului Group Ranch (the one that surrounds most of Amboseli National Park) said that no more animals would be killed.

Amboseli Status

Tue, 2012-07-24 11:31 by cmoss

Amboseli has returned to relative calm after a meeting held by the Maasai leaders. They have set August 6 as the date to meet the KWS Director and have told the warriors to stop any killing. We hope the outcome will be calm and reasonable.

Crisis in Amboseli

Wed, 2012-07-18 07:39 by cmoss

The Amboseli Trust for Elephants is sorry to have to report a serious crisis in the Amboseli ecosystem. A long-standing controversy over the status of the Park has once more escalated into direct conflict. The moran (warriors) have been ordered by their leaders to kill wildlife outside the Park boundary, on community lands. Our Deputy Director for Community Affairs, Soila Sayialel, has been involved in meeting with all stakeholders and we are carefully monitoring the situation, but there are many rumors in circulation.

Discovery Channel Documentary on Ivory

Thu, 2012-06-21 10:24 by cmoss

Discovery Channel is airing an important documentary on elephant poaching and the ivory trade at 8:00PM on June 23 in the US. Be sure to see it. I, along with several other conservationist working in Kenya, were interviewed and appear in the program. The filmmakers also went to Central Africa, Malaysia and China.