The QB Family Pays the Price for Ivory

Wed, 2012-10-31 10:15 by Vicki
Qumquat, born in 1969, loved by Amboseli researchers for four decades, gunned down for her ivory. Her family have lost their leader. Qumquat was the first female to give birth in our baby boom. Her daughter was found next to her mother's carcass; we rescued her with the help of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, who will care for her. She is traumatised.

Devastating news from Amboseli. One of our best-loved big matriarchs, Qumquat, was slaughtered by poachers, along with her two young daughters, very close to the border of the Park. Qumquat's youngest daughter was found alongside the carcasses, and we rescued her yesterday with the help of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. She is lucky to be cared for by the expert team at Sheldrick's but she has been through a terrible ordeal. Qumquat's 6-month-old grandson is missing. Apologies for these upsetting images; this is the cruel and bloody reality of the ivory trade.

ATE team rescue another baby elephant from a well

Fri, 2012-10-12 21:13 by bntawuasa

We rescued this young eight months old calf early this week. Luckily the report came in early in the morning and we were able to get there quick before the mother was forced to leave by herders arriving to water their cattle. It was a happy ending as we were able to reunite the calf with her mother, Zombe. Here is the video of the rescue.

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.

214th calf in our baby boom

Sat, 2012-09-29 06:11 by bntawuasa

Few days ago Amboseli welcomed another new baby from the FB family. The young and first time mother Felica is twelve years old and already she looks every bit experienced on how to handle her baby. The calf is tiny, short and quite nimble on his feet like no other we've seen so far. Here is a link to a short video about the calf, Enjoy.

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.

Fenella's Albino Calf Airlifted to Orphanage

Tue, 2012-08-21 21:06 by bntawuasa
The calf in the well The capture

The eight months old Albino calf’s mother was first discovered missing approximately three weeks ago. No one here in Amboseli Elephant Research Project knows exactly what caused her disappearance but we suspect she fell victim after the recent crisis in Amboseli that lead to spearing and ultimately death for some animals. Elephant mothers rarely abandon their calves and go missing so it’s safe to assume that she is definitely dead at only 44 years of age. At the moment it’s fingers crossed when censusing our population hoping no more are missing.

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.