Cynthia Moss

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Born and educated in the United States, Dr. Cynthia Moss has spent more than 30 years in Africa studying elephants and working for their conservation. She was born in Ossining, New York, which is near the Hudson River. In 1962 she graduated from Smith College with a degree in philosophy. She worked for Newsweek magazine as a theater reporter for a while. In 1967 she went on an extended trip to East Africa.

"Within a week, I had this overwhelming sense that I'd come home. I felt, this is where I belong, this is where my body belongs." — Cynthia Moss

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While visiting Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania, she met Iain Douglas-Hamilton. She became a research assistant for him. In 1972, she started the now famous Amboseli Elephant Research Project at Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

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Since then she and her research associates have identified and recorded more than 1,400 elephants. Without formal scientific training, but armed with a passion for learning, she has became the world-leading expert on African elephant family structure, life cycle, and behavior. Her research efforts also contributed significantly to the conservation of the precious and dwindling African elephants population.

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Some of the books that Cynthia authored include:


Elephant Memories

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Elephant Woman

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  • "Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of An Elephant Family." It was first published in 1988, and a revised version is planned for July, 2000.
  • "Little Big Ears: The Story of Ely," a Children's picture book.
  • "Echo of the Elephants," which unfortunately is out of print as of April, 2000. Please check your local library.
  • She also contributed to "Elephant Woman: Cynthia Moss Explores the World of Elephants," written by Laurence Pringle.

Cynthia Moss's pioneering work is also featured in several wildlife documentaries, which were co-produced by Thirteen/WNET and BBC-TV.

  • "Echo of the Elephants" and its sequel "Echo of the Elephants: The Next Generation" (both on one DVD, 2005) Buy through Amazon.
  • In "The Elephants of Africa," Cynthia Moss uses her years of observation and research experience to help viewers understand more about elephants across the vast African continent in a variety of unexpected habitats.

To learn more about this amazing elephant researcher and conservationist, please read "Elephant Woman: Cynthia Moss Explores the World of Elephants." Buy through Amazon.

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