Why Matriarchs Matter

Thu, 2011-06-09 13:27 by Vicki
Alison, matriarch of the AAs, isn't the strongest matriarch, and the AAs are not very cohesive as a family. We're still fond of her though, and I love this picture Cynthia took of her with her daughters. Matriarchs decide when to associate with other families - here members of the AAs greet some of the JAs.

Hi everyone,

Here is the new image gallery for the latest post on my IFAW blog, about why matriarchs are so important in elephant society.

I'd like to encourage people to check out the excellent work IFAW is doing for elephant conservation across Africa and Asia, and especially Azzedine Downes' recent post on the Elephant E8 meeting. As Cynthia posted on our Facebook page, ATE are very pleased to be working with our IFAW colleagues, and thankful for their generous support of our work.

Articles about Amboseli and our Work in the British Press

Mon, 2011-06-06 07:48 by cmoss

Two more articles about our new book have appeared in the British press. They describe some of the findings from The Amboseli Elephants: A Long-Term Perspective on a Long-Lived Mammal. One was in the London Sunday Times and the other in the Daily Mail. You can read the Daily Mail direct, but the Sunday Times requires a subscription. I have attached PDF files of both articles.

Interview for New Scientist Magazine

Thu, 2011-06-02 16:41 by cmoss

I did an interview about Amboseli, the elephants and our new book for New Scientist a couple of weeks ago. It has appeared in the 28 May issue of the magazine. I am not able to link directly to the article because it requires a subscription, but they have given permission to post a PDF of the article. Click on the attachment and you will be able to see the interview.

Playback team reports on rare field observation

Tue, 2011-05-17 12:19 by nsayialel
Hollie and young females bunched closely Hollie and Hub next to dead calf

Early this morning Graeme and I were looking for family groups in the East of the park for our playback experiments. We sighted the LB family moving quickly towards a small group 250 m distant. We drove to the family (which turned out to be the HB group) and I immediately noticed that they were bunched together in a distinctive formation, which is a good indication that there may have been a recent birth.

Oakland Zoo Event - May 21

Sun, 2011-05-15 18:37 by cmoss

The Oakland Zoo has been supporting the Amboseli Elephant Research Project yearly for 15 years through its Celebrating Elephants Day at the zoo. They have raised over $200,000 for us over those years and that support has been crucial and very much appreciated.

New IFAW Blog Online. Elephant Research: The Rules of Engagement

Sat, 2011-05-07 13:06 by Vicki
Tolstoy in musth - he's one of the largest bulls in the Park at the moment, drawn in to seek females in oestrus. Born in 1971 he was just a year old when Cynthia started studying the elephants here in Amboseli. Plenty of food means plenty of chance to play for younger elephants.

Hi Everybody,

Greetings from Amboseli. The IFAW blog is now live - click here for the story. Here are some images to accompany the story, which is mainly about how elephants interact with us. I've also included some pictures of them interacting with each other, which is after all what the study is really about!

Dozens of elephant tusks seized at Nairobi airport

Fri, 2011-05-06 22:12 by Hans

More than one tonne of ivory has been seized at Nairobi's international airport, Kenyan police have said.

Read the complete article in BBC News

About 115 elephant tusks were found by sniffer dogs inside metal containers bound for an address in Nigeria.

It was the largest seizure in recent months, police said. Last year, two tonnes of ivory and five rhino horns were found at Nairobi's airport.

USA Trip and Newsletter

Wed, 2011-05-04 16:38 by cmoss
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I am in the US on a book promotion and fund-raising tour. I arrived on April 22 and will leave on June 3. That's a long trip and I'm already missing Amboseli and the elephants.

I wanted you to know that I will be combining the April and May newsletters. I hope to get this issue out around mid-May.

What a Difference Eight Years Makes: Part II

Sat, 2011-04-09 08:40 by Vicki
Vernon in 2003 Vernon in 2011 - getting big!

Recently Cynthia posted a story about seeing Paolo after eight years, and how much males can grow in that time. Once males become independent of their families, they often disappear for a while, which causes us problems when they come back all grown up. We know they must belong to Amboseli families because they're so relaxed with our vehicles, but we have to go back to old photographs to work out who they are.

New IFAW blog: Rain and Elephants

Fri, 2011-04-01 12:22 by Vicki
muddy boys greeting each other Car or boat? This was the road leading to Ol Tukai after the first real rain.

Hi everyone,

Just to let you know my latest blog is live on the IFAW site - click here to read it. And here are some more photos to accompany the story - many are mud-themed!