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Some Wonderful News

Fri, 2009-10-23 16:34 by cmoss
Raymond, Katito and Saire Saire at home

Amidst the bad, sad news of the drought (it still hasn't rained) there is a very bright spot for all of us in Amboseli. We are delighted to announce the birth of Katito Sayialel's baby girl born on October 19. Mother, father and baby are all doing very well (see the happy photo of them while still at the hospital).

Older brother Chaka and sister Nayanka are staying with their grandmother in Oloitokitok but are thrilled at the news (although Chaka wanted a baby brother).

"Echo and the Elephants of Amboseli" starts tonight

Mon, 2009-10-19 06:56 by cmoss

For those of you in the UK, the 13-part series starts tonight on Animal Planet at 8:00 PM. Two episodes will be shown.

For US viewers we finally have a date. The two-hour special, called "Echo, Queen of the Elephants", will be shown on December 3 on Animal Planet, 8:00 PM Eastern and Pacific time.

Introducing John Kioko

Tue, 2009-10-06 14:17 by cmoss

I am very happy to introduce the newest member of the AERP/ATE team. John Kioko has been employed as our Conservation Science Officer and as such will be working closely with Harvey Croze on the ecological aspects of ATE’s work in the Amboseli ecosystem. He will also be helping Soila with many of the community issues that come up, as well as liaising with our many partners, particularly the Kenya Wildlife Service and the many NGOs and other stakeholders in the area.

Soila Sayialel Promoted to Deputy Director

Tue, 2009-09-29 07:46 by cmoss

I am very pleased to announce that Soila Sayialel has been promoted to the post of Deputy Director of AERP. As regular visitors to this site and Amboseli will know, Soila has been an integral part of ATE for over 20 years. (Please see her short bio on this website in Who We Are.) In addition to taking on more administrative responsibilities, Soila's duties with regard to research support and community outreach will continue as before.

African Broadcast of Animal Planet Series

Fri, 2009-09-18 13:44 by cmoss

We didn't know until it actually started, but the 13-part series entitled "Echo and the Other Elephants of Amboseli" is being shown on DStv (MultiChoice satellite) throughout its coverage in Africa. It appears that two programs are being shown each Sunday, starting last Sunday, 13 September, for the next several weeks. In southern Africa it is scheduled for 1800-1900. In East Africa it is 1900-2000. In West Africa it will be showing -1 or -2 hours from South African time depending on the region.

We hope you will enjoy these programs.

Animal Planet Series - UK Premiere

Sun, 2009-09-13 09:53 by cmoss

The 13-part Animal Planet series on Amboseli's elephants and the work of ATE will premiere in the UK on October 19. Here is a link to the announcement: There is no date yet for the US.

STOP PRESS for Kenya friends and colleagues. The series is starting on DSTV tonight (Ch. 264), Sunday 13 September, at 19:00 hrs.

BBC radio programs now available to listen to

Fri, 2009-08-28 16:02 by cmoss

Here are the links to the two-part programs on elephant poaching:,

BBC World Service Two-Part Series on Elephant Poaching

Sat, 2009-08-15 13:23 by cmoss

The radio program that was originally on BBC Radio 4 will be repeated on BBC World Service to an international audience as the first part of a series of two, entitled 'Discovery: Africa's Elephants in Crisis' on Wednesday 19th August. The second program in this series will be broadcast on Wed 26th August. This second program will include more excerpts of the interviews with the ATE team and will also include topics which weren't addressed by the first program.

BBC Radio Program on Elephant Poaching and Ivory

Thu, 2009-08-06 08:52 by cmoss

Last night BBC Radio 4 broadcast an excellent 30-minute program on elephant poaching. Soila, Norah and I, as well as ATE Board Member Richard Leakey, were interviewed along with several others. Some of the revelations are eye-opening even for us and the overall picture is alarming. We must start a concerted campaign to ban all trade in ivory. Here is the link to listen to the program on your computer:

Echo's Family - August 3, 2009

Mon, 2009-08-03 11:52 by cmoss

It is exactly three months since Echo died. In some ways I’m glad she doesn’t have to go through this horrendous drought, but I would still rather she was with us and leading her family. They are definitely suffering, both from lack of leadership and from the drought.