Collaborative research

ATE hosts visiting researchers who contribute to the growing understanding of the African elephant in general and the knowledge base for the sustained future of the Amboseli population in particular.

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Young female examines elephant skull (Photo: J. Poole)

ElephantVoices ► Communication is the glue that binds the social network of an intelligent species. Joyce Poole and Petter Granli are gathering and analyzing Amboseli elephant vocalizations under the non-profit ElephantVoices. ElephantVoices aims to establish a unique scientific understanding of the intelligence and social complexity of elephants and enhance the toolbox for their conservation and management, while at the same time act as a voice for elephants. You can also follow some of their work and activities on ElephantVoices on Facebook.

Elephant biology ► Ongoing studies provide vital information on how elephants grow and mature and learn to cope with their physical and social environments, asking how longevity and developmental processes contribute to fitness and reproductive success.

Human-elephant conflict and co-existence ► ATE is bringing its specialized knowledge of elephant behavior and society to bear on developing conflict-reduction strategies that are consistent with rural agriculture and Maasai livestock husbandry.

Genetic analysis ► Scientists from Duke University have mapped DNA profiles in order to define family relationships and origins of the Amboseli population. Cross-referenced to behavioral observations, the DNA analysis examines survival strategies based on relatedness.

Cognition ► A new research thrust with researchers from University of St Andrews is employing the in-depth knowledge of the Amboseli population in studies of how highly intelligent, communicative creatures like elephants manipulate and respond to their world and to each other.