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Elephant Baby Boom

Tue, 2011-08-09 10:14 by cmoss

One of our regular visitors asked about the upcoming baby boom. We predict that it will start in December. The last time something like this happened was at the end of 1978. There was a terrible drought in Amboseli in 1975-76 with the result that many calves died and at the same time the females were in poor condition and stopped reproductive cycling. Half of the calves born in 1976 died and only two calves were born in 1977. No more calves were born until November 1978, but from that point on into 1979 and 1980 baby elephants seemed to be raining from the sky.

Vanity Fair Article - Agony and Ivory

Wed, 2011-07-06 20:13 by cmoss

In the August issue of Vanity Fair, which is on the newsstands now, there is a disturbing and very revealing article on the poaching of elephants in Africa. I urge you all to read it. Attached below is a PDF of the article.

Articles about Amboseli and our Work in the British Press

Mon, 2011-06-06 07:48 by cmoss

Two more articles about our new book have appeared in the British press. They describe some of the findings from The Amboseli Elephants: A Long-Term Perspective on a Long-Lived Mammal. One was in the London Sunday Times and the other in the Daily Mail. You can read the Daily Mail direct, but the Sunday Times requires a subscription. I have attached PDF files of both articles.

Interview for New Scientist Magazine

Thu, 2011-06-02 16:41 by cmoss

I did an interview about Amboseli, the elephants and our new book for New Scientist a couple of weeks ago. It has appeared in the 28 May issue of the magazine. I am not able to link directly to the article because it requires a subscription, but they have given permission to post a PDF of the article. Click on the attachment and you will be able to see the interview.

Oakland Zoo Event - May 21

Sun, 2011-05-15 18:37 by cmoss

The Oakland Zoo has been supporting the Amboseli Elephant Research Project yearly for 15 years through its Celebrating Elephants Day at the zoo. They have raised over $200,000 for us over those years and that support has been crucial and very much appreciated.

USA Trip and Newsletter

Wed, 2011-05-04 16:38 by cmoss
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I am in the US on a book promotion and fund-raising tour. I arrived on April 22 and will leave on June 3. That's a long trip and I'm already missing Amboseli and the elephants.

I wanted you to know that I will be combining the April and May newsletters. I hope to get this issue out around mid-May.

What a Difference Eight Years Makes

Thu, 2011-02-24 10:51 by cmoss
Paolo in January 2003 Paolo Mudsplashing

I was out this morning catching up with the elephants when I came upon a gorgeous big bull. At first I didn't know who it was but then I looked through the ID book and found Paolo. He has grown tremendously and he has developed the most spectacular tusks. Born in November 1979, Paolo will turn 32 this year. He will be one of the most magnificent bulls ever if he is allowed to live until he is 50 or more.

The two photos show the difference in eight years. The one was taken in January 2003 when he was 23; the other was taken today while Paolo was having a good mudsplash.

The Book is Available

Thu, 2011-02-17 11:33 by cmoss
Soila with our Book

We just got word that copies of The Amboseli Elephants: a long-term perspective on a long-lived mammal have been received by the people who ordered them from Amazon. We have been told by the University of Chicago Press that copies will be available in bookstores by March 15 in the US and by April 4 in the UK.

Travel Article about Amboseli

Mon, 2011-02-07 14:15 by cmoss

See this article in the Daily Telegraph about Amboseli. Soila was interviewed.

Echo DVDs Available

Wed, 2011-01-05 09:08 by cmoss

The latest film about Echo is now available through Amazon. This is the film that was made after her death. The title is "Echo: An Elephant to Remember"; it is a retrospective of her life. Another DVD produced by the BBC includes three of the earlier Echo films plus another film we did on African elephants and three or four other BBC elephant films, so this DVD called "Echo and Other Elephants" is quite a bargain. The link to the Amazon site is: