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**Breaking News**

Fri, 2010-11-26 08:14 by cmoss
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Two poachers were shot dead yesterday just south of Amboseli National Park by a Kenya Wildlife Service anti-poaching team. A high-caliber rifle was recovered. A third man was injured but escaped along with one or two others. They are being tracked by both Kenyan and Tanzanian authorities.

It is very disturbing that people are dying in this battle to protect elephants, and we wish that it hadn't come to this, but people with weapons roaming around near a National Park full of tourists is a major security issue as well as a conservation issue.

Winning Name for Erica's Calf

Wed, 2010-11-17 16:32 by cmoss
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At the same time that this blog is being posted I have sent out ATE's November e-newsletter, so everyone will get the results at the same time.

Last Day to Enter a Name for Erica's Calf

Sun, 2010-10-31 07:35 by cmoss

It's the October 31, the last day to submit a name for Erica's calf. So far I have 57 names, all of which are excellent possibilities. We're going to have a very hard time choosing the winner.

Echo: An Elephant to Remember

Sun, 2010-10-10 16:33 by cmoss

Next Sunday, October 17 at 8pm (ET), a final film about Echo will be shown on PBS channels. The film is a retrospective of Echo's life including her death and the reaction of her family and human friends. I am attaching a press release about the film. I hope you will watch it and tell your friends to watch as well.

Names for Erica's calf

Thu, 2010-09-23 17:50 by cmoss

Thank you. I've been getting some very good names. It is going to be hard to choose.

E Names Used

Wed, 2010-09-22 08:01 by cmoss

I put this list as a comment on the announcement of the contest to name Erica's calf, but in case someone misses it, here it is as a separate entry.

Name Erica's Calf

Tue, 2010-09-21 15:57 by cmoss

In both the August and September newsletters I reported on Erica’s calf who was born in March. He was the first, and so far only, calf to be born to the EB (Echo’s) family since the terrible drought of 2009.

Corrections and Addition to the AA Family History

Sat, 2010-09-18 09:01 by cmoss

One of our sharp-eyed readers found a mistake in the AA family history regarding Alicia. In fixing that one I caught several other mistakes.

Yesterday, when I was out watching elephants and came across one of the independent AA males, Arlus M, I realized that I had neglected to report on how the adult bulls from this family were doing. I have added a table at the end of the story to show which independent bulls are alive.

So there is now a new PDF version of the family history at the end of the original blog.

New Feature for our Website

Tue, 2010-09-14 13:33 by cmoss

I have today posted my first story for the Family Histories section of the website. The Amboseli Elephant Research Project was started way back in September 1972. In those first few years the main activity of the project was to try to identify each of the adult elephants individually using photographic recognition.

Winston

Sun, 2010-08-29 07:27 by cmoss
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One of Amboseli's up-and-coming prime bulls was killed by poachers the day before yesterday. Winston had just turned 30 in January of this year and was regularly coming into musth. It should have been just the beginning of a successful breeding life but he was cut down for his ivory tusks.

I felt particularly close to Winston because he was one of 14 calves I chose for a special study in 1980. I carried out research on mother-calf bonds and calf development on these calves and so I spent hours with them in the first year of their lives.