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Portrait of Ely

Tue, 2010-01-26 12:50 by cmoss
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Much to our delight Ely seems to be sticking around. We've filmed and photographed him out in the western side of the Park. He is still with the families that spend time in Tanzania and hasn't yet met up with his birth family. We are so happy to see him again. He is very calm and seems to recognize my old Land Rover. He should--it was with him the day he was born and frequently for the next 10 years of his life.

Here are three photos of him looking handsome and then casual. In the third one he is dusting.

The Return of Echo's Son

Mon, 2010-01-18 15:16 by cmoss
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Soila, Norah and I went out together this morning. We knew there were big groups out west and in Longinye but we chose to go west. There in the tall elephant grass to the south of Lake Conch we found an aggregation of over 100 elephants consisting of several families and 10+ bulls. Trying to do censuses of the families was a nightmare, so at one point when it was totally impossible I said let's see if we can identify the bulls. We drove over to a group of four bulls who were sparring in the river. Norah knew three of them, but the fourth one appeared to be a stranger.

Rain at last

Sun, 2010-01-03 08:45 by cmoss
Elephants walking at Olodoare

I just got word from Amboseli that the research camp received 30mm (over an inch) of rain last night. This is the first good rain that has fallen in the center of Amboseli since last April. More rains continue to fall outside the Park and there is already fresh, new grass for the wildlife in those areas. I think we can now say the drought is over.

Season's Greetings

Fri, 2009-12-25 05:51 by cmoss

We at the Amboseli Trust want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As Soila just reported we've had a little rain in Amboseli National Park and more outside so the situation is no longer dire. We are all hoping for more rain so that the habitat and the elephants can fully recover.

A little rain

Fri, 2009-12-04 09:19 by cmoss

It rained in Amboseli yesterday, not much, only 2.4mm in the research camp, but there was much heavier rain to the east and south of the Park. This is good news because the animals will be able to feed in these areas once the grass starts coming up. We're hoping for more, but at least I can no longer say there hasn't been a drop of rain in Amboseli.

Don't Forget

Thu, 2009-12-03 14:24 by cmoss

"Echo: Queen of the Elephants" is showing tonight at 8PM Eastern and Pacific time. Please watch it.

"Echo: Queen of the Elephants"

Sun, 2009-11-29 09:07 by cmoss

The Animal Planet two-hour special will be broadcast on December 3 at 8:00pm EST. Here is the link:

Update on Amboseli

Sat, 2009-11-21 15:24 by cmoss

I wish I could tell you that there have been downpours in Amboseli, but it's not true. Earlier in the week we received the first drops rain, only 4 mm. It didn't even make the ground damp. There has been rain outside Park, but it seems to be too late for the wildebeests, zebras and buffaloes. They are dying very rapidly now and because they are so weak they are getting picked off by the predators.

Elephant Research Camp

Mon, 2009-11-02 11:08 by cmoss
Two new tents with burnt but living palms

When I went down to Amboseli last week, I was very pleased to find three new tents with roofs. (See story on the fire that destroyed part of the camp: The tent man and the carpenter and their helpers have done a fantastic job and very quickly too.

I was dreading seeing the burnt palms but they weren't as bad as I expected. Although the stems are black there are new shoots coming out at the top. On one palm there are even fruits appearing.

Situation in Amboseli

Mon, 2009-11-02 09:25 by cmoss
Carcasses with rain clouds to the North Ebony's four-year-old calf, Etienne

I flew up from Amboseli yesterday morning. I'm sorry to have to report that the situation in Amboseli is horrific. See a recent report: That was posted 10 days ago. It is worse now. There has been no rain in the Park although it has rained outside to the north and east. We are sure rains will come soon, but not in time to save hundreds of animals from dying between now and when the grass grows. During the week I was there two or three elephants died every day, some from the drought, others from human causes.