August 6th Amboseli Meeting

Tue, 2012-08-07 10:20 by cmoss

The crucial August 6th meeting between the Amboseli community and Kenya Wildlife Service occurred as scheduled with the Director Julius Kipng'etich leading the delegation. Nothing was resolved on the spot but tempers were cool and there was rational dialogue.

A section of the community presented KWS with a memorandum which the Director agreed to put before the board and ministry. They are supposed to respond in 21 days.

The Chairman of Olgulului Group Ranch (the one that surrounds most of Amboseli National Park) said that no more animals would be killed.

Amboseli Status

Tue, 2012-07-24 11:31 by cmoss

Amboseli has returned to relative calm after a meeting held by the Maasai leaders. They have set August 6 as the date to meet the KWS Director and have told the warriors to stop any killing. We hope the outcome will be calm and reasonable.

Crisis in Amboseli

Wed, 2012-07-18 07:39 by cmoss

The Amboseli Trust for Elephants is sorry to have to report a serious crisis in the Amboseli ecosystem. A long-standing controversy over the status of the Park has once more escalated into direct conflict. The moran (warriors) have been ordered by their leaders to kill wildlife outside the Park boundary, on community lands. Our Deputy Director for Community Affairs, Soila Sayialel, has been involved in meeting with all stakeholders and we are carefully monitoring the situation, but there are many rumors in circulation.

Discovery Channel Documentary on Ivory

Thu, 2012-06-21 10:24 by cmoss

Discovery Channel is airing an important documentary on elephant poaching and the ivory trade at 8:00PM on June 23 in the US. Be sure to see it. I, along with several other conservationist working in Kenya, were interviewed and appear in the program. The filmmakers also went to Central Africa, Malaysia and China.

Mothers' Day Video

Sat, 2012-05-12 14:51 by cmoss

A couple of months ago I did an interview with the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) team that was visiting us. They are one of our major supporters. They happened to ask me about elephant mothers and calves and they have released the video for Mothers' Day in the US.

Why there are "too many" elephants in southern Africa, and not enough elsewhere?

Mon, 2012-04-30 17:05 by Keith
Elephant, feeding on an acacia tree. Photo: Hans-Georg Michna

A number of people have asked about an apparent paradox, that in most of Africa (East, West and Central Africa) elephants are apparently facing major threats from poaching and land use competition, while in southern Africa there are said to be "too many elephants". There are several factors coming together to create this divergence of viewpoints.

The facts seem to be that:

150 calves now in our baby boom!

Fri, 2012-04-27 06:35 by Vicki
Our 150th calf, born to Zaynab of the ZC family. Zaynab and her new son in the lush green of a rain-soaked Amboseli

We are delighted to hit another landmark in our baby boom. Since the 12th of October, we've now documented 150 births. These calves are thriving, having been born in an above-average rainfall year. It's a delight being around the families, even though the terrain is becoming increasingly water-logged and harder for us to get to the elephants.

Spain's King Juan Carlos under fire over elephant hunting trip

Mon, 2012-04-16 06:21 by Hans
Spain's King Juan Carlos poses in front of a dead elephant on a hunting trip in Botswana, Africa. Photograph: Target Press/Barcroft Media

Juan Carlos's expensive trip to Botswana – from which he was flown home injured – arouses anger in recession-hit country

Giles Tremlet in Madrid –

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While ordinary Spaniards cope with harsh austerity, recession and soaring unemployment, the country's royal family has been enjoying expensive hunting trips, one of which resulted in King Juan Carlos ending up in hospital.

Keeping Up with the TCs

Sat, 2012-04-07 09:20 by Vicki
A sleepy Slo in front of the rest of the family The hugest ears and chubbiest calf belongs to Tinsel, a son.

The TC family starred in Cynthia’s book Elephant Memories, and their triumphs and trials through thirteen years have introduced countless people to the wonder of elephant family life.

19 Terrific Photos of Elephants

Sat, 2012-03-10 09:28 by Hans

These photos are from all over the world. Some are of captured elephants. We do not condone holding elephants in captivity. But the purpose of the photo blog page is to show the beauty of elephants, and it is good to see that photographers and many others discover this.

Photography Blogger – 19 Terrific Photos of Elephants