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. I love watching elephants walk across the plains. Younger bulls like these who are still growing remind me of teenagers - they swagger and it makes me think they're trying to "look cool". Here Pitamber is accompanied by a young bull we didn't recognise. More playtime... The theme of this month's IFAW blog is how elephants interact with us. Here Parakou stood right in front of the Land Rover and seemed determined to show us her tongue.... Elephants let you know if you're breaking their rules - here we went to photograph the male who was walking with Pitamber and he decided we were annoying and so he did a big "head shake" at the car. Most of the time Amboseli elephants ignore us. Which is good for our data, but not helpful if you have to identify elephants from their back ends, as here! I was luckily out West late one afternoon and found Eugene and his friends of the day.

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!

After my last blog unfortunately the rains didn't last: although there has been fairly good rainfall outside the Park in the wider ecosystem, we have had less than half of the rainfall we would expect for this time of year and it appears that the rains are ending. We are still hoping for a couple of late storms, but it may be November before we get more rain. For now however the elephants continue fat and healthy, and we have some females in oestrus that draw in big musth males from outside the Park. We will keep you posted.

Best wishes,


Great photos

Sat, 2011-05-07 13:44 by cmoss

It's so good to see these photos of "happy" elephants while I'm over here in the US.

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