The History of the IA/IC Family

Thu, 2011-06-23 14:29 by cmoss · Forum/category:

The combined IA/IC family has an unusual history. In Amboseli family composition is generally fairly straightforward. All the adult females are related: they are mother and daughter; grandmother and granddaughter; aunt and niece; or sisters or cousins. There are a few interesting exceptions and this family is one of those.

The IA family was one of the first we found and photographed in September 1972. At that time it consisted of six members. The matriarch was a beautiful big female whom Harvey called Isabel after his mother. We estimated her to be over 50 years old. There was also a young adult female about 17 years old and a younger, ten-year-old female. The older one was named Irene, the younger one Iris. In addition there were three youngsters, all males. One was about 14 years old and he was called Igor; the second was about seven years old; and the third was a small calf about a year old belonging to Irene.

Isabel    1920   Adult F
Irene     1955   Adult F
  IRE71   1971   M
Iris      1962   Adolescent F
Igor      1958   Young M
Calf      1965   M

Over the next five years we saw the family regularly. Once I was living in Amboseli, starting in September 1975, I got to know the IAs well. They were western elephants, just as the HAs were. That meant they stayed on the western side of the Engongu Narok Swamp moving out towards the Il Merisheri Hills in the evening and coming in to drink and feed in the swamp in the daytime.

To read the full history of the IA/ICs open the attachment.

History of the IA_IC Family.pdf14.65 MB

Is Three Holes the new matriarch?

Tue, 2012-03-06 17:38 by echo2009

I am sorry very much about the feeling loneliness that Iris and Igor suffered after the losses of Isabel and Irene. I suppose that the new matriarch of the family, after Iris's unfortunate death, is Three Holes, but of not being like that, I would like that someone me was clarifying it.

A greeting

Leadership of the IA/IC

Thu, 2012-05-03 07:43 by Elephant2011

Three Holes Right was the oldest female remaining after the death of Iris, which means that the role of matriarch naturally fell on to her. Hopefully Three Holes is still alive, she probably is because there have been no reports of further deaths in this family after the 2009 drought. So yes Three Holes Right is the leader, she was born in 1965 which makes her an experienced female at 47 years of age. The second oldest female is Ilsa, who is the 32-year-old daughter of Iris.

Thank you for the explanation

Fri, 2012-05-04 16:12 by echo2009

Lamentably, in my familiar environment and in my friendship there is no person who is interested for the future of the wild life in the world, so for me it is a pleasure to contact with persons as you. For it, I send a strong embrace and my more sincere gratitude for the information that you have facilitated to me.

Thank you

Fri, 2011-06-24 16:56 by Shuger66

Thank you Cynthia for posting the history of the IA/IC family and I clicked on the link to that was initiated by Nick Brandt I will definitely be donating what I can to help with anti-poaching work that's being done. I will also be posting this link to my Facebook page!

Thanks again for all your hard work! I'm looking forward to coming in September...Noella :)

The IA/ICs

Thu, 2011-06-23 20:12 by niall anderson

Many thanks again, Cynthia, for a very moving and beautifully written history and for some wonderful photographs. I eagerly anticipate each instalment and, having decided to retire in 2012, am looking forward to visiting Amboseli, once liberated from the world of work!

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