New IFAW Blog Entry Now Online

Sat, 2011-03-05 13:29 by Vicki
Angelina with her distinctive tusks Anwyn's 2010 calf has nobody to play with in her family at the moment but we hope she will have playmates at the end of the year

I have been spending the last month finding my feet and starting the painstaking process of learning to identify the Amboseli elephants, with a lot of help from Norah, Katito and the rest of the ATE team. It's great fun, and I love feeling I'm starting to make progress, especially with the families I'm studying.

Kenyan conservationists worried over rising ivory demand

Mon, 2011-02-28 17:37 by Hans

By Otto Bakano, Agence France-Presse

Read the complete article in The Gazette (

TSAVO NATIONAL PARK, Kenya, Feb 13, 2011 (AFP) – A slowdown in the increase of Kenya's elephant numbers is raising fears among conservationists that hard-fought gains in saving the animals may be reversed amid growing demand for ivory.

Conservationists trumpet success of Kenyan elephant underpass

Mon, 2011-02-28 17:26 by Hans


How did the elephants cross the road? They went underneath it.

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A $250,000 (£158,000) tunnel—built with donor funds—has connected two wilderness areas on Mount Kenya and two distinct elephant populations separated for years by human development. Elephants can now cross a major road without endangering themselves or motorists, and without damaging crops or scaring nearby villagers.

What a Difference Eight Years Makes

Thu, 2011-02-24 10:51 by cmoss
Paolo in January 2003 Paolo Mudsplashing

I was out this morning catching up with the elephants when I came upon a gorgeous big bull. At first I didn't know who it was but then I looked through the ID book and found Paolo. He has grown tremendously and he has developed the most spectacular tusks. Born in November 1979, Paolo will turn 32 this year. He will be one of the most magnificent bulls ever if he is allowed to live until he is 50 or more.

The two photos show the difference in eight years. The one was taken in January 2003 when he was 23; the other was taken today while Paolo was having a good mudsplash.

The Book is Available

Thu, 2011-02-17 11:33 by cmoss
Soila with our Book

We just got word that copies of The Amboseli Elephants: a long-term perspective on a long-lived mammal have been received by the people who ordered them from Amazon. We have been told by the University of Chicago Press that copies will be available in bookstores by March 15 in the US and by April 4 in the UK.

Social Disruption Study Blog Goes Live

Sat, 2011-02-12 07:08 by Vicki
Elephants as we come in to land at Amboseli airistrip Large groups moving into the swamp

As the newest ATE researcher, I have joined the team to study the effect of the 2009 drought on the Amboseli elephant families. I will be writing regularly about my role within the team, and sharing my experiences as I get to know the families I will be following over the coming months and years.

My work is supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). See my first blog on the IFAW website:

Travel Article about Amboseli

Mon, 2011-02-07 14:15 by cmoss

See this article in the Daily Telegraph about Amboseli. Soila was interviewed.

Echo DVDs Available

Wed, 2011-01-05 09:08 by cmoss

The latest film about Echo is now available through Amazon. This is the film that was made after her death. The title is "Echo: An Elephant to Remember"; it is a retrospective of her life. Another DVD produced by the BBC includes three of the earlier Echo films plus another film we did on African elephants and three or four other BBC elephant films, so this DVD called "Echo and Other Elephants" is quite a bargain. The link to the Amazon site is:

Kenya Elephant Forum Retreat

Mon, 2010-12-13 09:42 by hcroze

A group of concerned elephant-friendly NGOs (non-governmental organizations), comprising members of the Kenya Elephant Forum (KEF) met for a two-day retreat at the Elsamere Conservation Centre on the shores of Lake Naivasha during the last week of November.

The purpose was to devise strategic actions to ensure continued international attention to the threat to African elephants from growing human populations and the demand for ivory fueling the recent upsurge in poaching.

**Breaking News**

Fri, 2010-11-26 08:14 by cmoss

Two poachers were shot dead yesterday just south of Amboseli National Park by a Kenya Wildlife Service anti-poaching team. A high-caliber rifle was recovered. A third man was injured but escaped along with one or two others. They are being tracked by both Kenyan and Tanzanian authorities.

It is very disturbing that people are dying in this battle to protect elephants, and we wish that it hadn't come to this, but people with weapons roaming around near a National Park full of tourists is a major security issue as well as a conservation issue.