The Baby Boom Is Beginning!

Sun, 2011-10-16 06:05 by Vicki
Qumquat with her tiny newborn daughter, flanked protectively by her elder daughters. As the KA family approach, the QBs cluster defensively around the new calf. As Qumquat leads the family away, she touches the calf with her tail, whilst a big sister stands guard at the side.

The entire team is starting to feel sorry for some of our females; the most heavily pregnant ladies are starting to look quite tired. Not surprising when you consider that in a 22-month gestation, calves do a final growth spurt in the last month or so of pregnancy.

After many "surely they can't get much bigger" conversations, we have our first birth of the baby boom. Qumquat, the gorgeous matriarch of the QB family was spotted with a tiny daughter this week. It was the first newborn I've ever seen, so I was very excited. Because the QBs spend a lot of time outside the Park, they're not as tolerant of our vehicle as some of the other families, so we kept a respectful distance, but I still got some shots of the new arrival, before Qumquat led her into the bushes, and away from the other elephant families who were very interested in her too.

The new arrivals will certainly keep us busy, as we anticipate well over a hundred births in the next 2-3 months. I'm delighted and privileged to be in Amboseli at such a special time.

naming a baby elephant

Thu, 2011-11-10 01:15 by dan2918

hoping this email finds you all doing well. It was a pleasure meeting you last month. Just curious about what you mentioned in how to name a baby elephant. Please advise and we hope all the new born babies arrive safely. Did you check out the actress in the "Man From Snowy River?" I still say you look alot like her.

Naming Calves

Thu, 2011-11-10 11:32 by Vicki

hi Dan,

It was a pleasure to meet you too - and I hope the rest of your trip was spectacular and that you all enjoyed it. Thanks for your good wishes for the newborns; we hope to have lots more healthy births to report on soon. In the meantime, the rains have started and we're happy to see the elephants getting fatter again.

For details of our naming calves, please see

Thank you for your interest! I hope you have fun thinking up good elephant names.

Very best wishes


PS am going straight to IMDB now to find this actress!

QB Baby

Mon, 2011-10-31 20:42 by Donna

She is beautiful. It will be an exciting year!


Tue, 2011-10-18 04:30 by hge

Oh she's so cute! I am so excited about this one and many more to come!

Baby Boom

Sun, 2011-10-16 07:29 by cmoss

Even after 39 years in Amboseli I am ridiculously excited about this birth and the many we are expecting. To me it means true recovery for the elephants after the terrible drought of 2009.

New beginnings.

Sat, 2011-10-22 10:00 by Alison1962

This is truly a fantastic time for the elephants, i visited in 2009 and felt the despair and loss you were all experiencing, thankyou for giving us this news and i am so looking forward to visiting next year and hopefully seeing your beautiful families Alison x

Baby Boom

Sun, 2011-10-16 23:55 by Donna Reynolds

Thank you so much for sharing your excitement and your photos, Cynthia and Vicki, as it allows us out here on our various continents to feel deliciously included in the extraordinary joy and recovery of this, the Amboseli Baby Boom.

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