The EB Calves Know How to have Fun

Sat, 2012-03-03 08:46 by cmoss
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Echo's family, the EBs, have had seven new calves since November. Ebony, Eliot, Enid, Ella, Elettra, Echeri and Eleanor have given birth to six males and one female. Eliot has the female, but this calf more than holds her own with her male cousins.

All the new EB calves are very active, very playful and amazingly self-assured. They have no fear of leaving their mothers and going off to have fun. They seek out the other calves and have great games together. They mostly run around in little gangs. Their favorite game is climbing on a calf who is lying down. The others all pile on top and then they wiggle and kick.

Once in a while one of them gets hurt and lets out a cry. Then the allomothers come running and break up the scrum. Not for long though. Soon they are back chasing one another, butting heads and pulling on tails.

Life is good for these calves. They don't have a worry in the world, but for those of us watching them there is such a feeling of dread about their future. How can we keep them safe? Sometimes it seems like an insurmountable task but these calves make us want to fight even harder.

The EB calves

Sat, 2012-03-17 19:23 by Donna

are so beautiful. I can hardly wait to get there and see all this year's calves.

Helping The Best Way I Can

Thu, 2012-03-15 18:02 by elaine

When I retired, I dreamed of getting on a one-way plane to Nairobi to help in any way any one would allow. Fortunately, I didn't. I learned my "help" can be much bigger and financially supportive if I stay in Texas a while longer.

I am working on my nonfiction book proposal for EMILY & ME: Single Parenting Elephant Style including the first three chapters. I am using info from SHELDRICK with permission. I would like to include AMBOSELI. The market for E&M will be single parents, of course, but I'm committed to expanding awareness of your work and the animals we love on every page. Ditto for every interview and presentation I give.

You may not be surprised to hear I never wanted to write a book. Now I can't imagine my life without it.There is so much left for me to learn. Working to help readers and their children begin to see elephants through my eyes is so challenging and exciting. I am determined to weave the wisdom and beauty of elephants into every chapter. One agency, the only one I contacted so far, requested the proposal. I am more than hopeful.

I don't have a pulisher, lawyer, website, blog, et al yet. When the time comes, I would like to investigate creating fundraising connections between us and donating a percentage of book sales to your work. If there's anything you would like to know about me or EMILY & ME, just ask. I'll keep you informed anyway.

True Joy!

Sun, 2012-03-04 12:22 by Kimh621

Reading this update made me smile as I can imagine their antics! I am so glad they have each other and pray they grow up to live long, healthy lives. Please keep posting more photos of the adorable new calves!

Great News and Pictures

Sun, 2012-03-04 03:20 by hge

Thank you so much for the updates Cynthia! That made my day.

It's great to see the family grow. They will have a shortage of young females as allomothers soon!

Would you advise is Eudora and Edwina still with EB? Why they and their daughters didn't have calf this year?

EB pregnancies

Mon, 2012-03-05 15:25 by Vicki

Both Edwina and Eudora are still with the family, although since Echo's death the family has been spending less time all together. Edwina is indeed extremely pregnant, as is Elspeth, Eudora's daughter. We've given up trying to predict when these calves will be born, as both females have been looking huge for weeks now. Eudora has trouble conceiving, and whilst we think she's pregnant now, it took her longer than everyone else once the drought broke in 2010, so we expect her to give birth towards the end of the baby boom. We have other pregnancies in the family too - Emma is looking quite pregnant too, and we know that Elaine and Emily Kate are pregnant, but not yet very far on in their pregnancies.

Echo certainly led and raised a hugely successful family.

EB pregnancies

Thu, 2012-06-28 09:39 by Echo's fan

Has Edwina or Elspeth given birth ?

Wow! With so many births,

Thu, 2012-03-29 22:44 by foursixteen

Wow! With so many births, it's most likely that the EB family is going to reach into the 50's! Hopefully Ella can keep them all together, so the group doesn't split up. But has Elspeth or Edwina given birth yet?

Thank you so very much Vicki

Tue, 2012-03-06 23:54 by hge

Emily Kate? Echo's 2000 baby? Oh I am so happy that I want to scream.
Last night the PBS played Echo an Elephant to Remember again that made me wonder how everyone is doing now. What great news you brought! I always worry that Eudora is not very close to the family as the lone daughter that Emily left. Edwina was kind of a loner after Erin had passed.
Thank you so much Vicki for taking the time to answer my question and provide so much valuable information.
All the best to your project!

I remain hypnotized looking at these preciousness

Sat, 2012-03-03 16:09 by echo2009

When I have read the news an enormous smile showed itself in my face. Much makes me happy to know that the family of Echo continues overcoming the adversities and that new members come to the group, this way the legacy of grand Echo will be still alive. I wish with all my forces to there be good climatological conditions in the next years in Amboseli (and around the world, certainly) and that the politicians do laws to stop the poaching. Only this way and with your biggest dedication, the new generations will have an opportunity to go out forward.

Certainly, can someone say to me if Ella has managed to join again to the family EB? Always I will have a special fondness to Echo and much worries me that Ella has such an independent character from the death of his sister. Thank you for your work.

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