Amboseli's New Lives!

Sun, 2012-04-08 16:40 by Elephant2011 · Forum/category:

It is a complete pleasure to see all the new calves that have been born during the late part of last year to the early beginning of this year. This baby boom looks set to become the biggest of its kind and all the new calves are looking fantastic. The mothers and the rest of the family look pleased and it seems as though the new calves have become a symbol of renewal for Amboseli National Park after the horrendous drought that occured in 2009. The elephants (and other wildlife) are recovering and with that everything seems to be in good spirits, most especially the elephants.

It is clear that elephant breeding is largely influenced by environmental conditions, where by most females of breeding age do not have reproductive activity during the drought where the food is short. Some of the bulls may have, unfortunately, timed their musth period wrong I guess, and that after the rains then the females started coming into estrus. There have been so many calves born in this baby boom currently this year because so few of the females had calves during the year of 2009 when the drought hit, or lost their calves during that time. In 2010 many females were ready to breed and thus creating the next generation of magnificent elephants.

The baby boom actually started in June 2011, in the FA family with the birth of Freya's new son and in the QB family when Qumquat had a new calf on 12th of October. From there more calves appeared and it was of course an exciting time. It seems as though every family is getting calves, from the smallest family to the biggest, each having new members. Kerry's family, the KA family, have had new calves with the birth of Kirty's calf and A Kidjo's calf. I hope Kerry herself will have a new calf this year because she has proved herself to be a fantastic elephant leader, having got the KA family through the drought in 2009 with no losses at all. The BB family is also recovering after the loss of so many of its members in the 2009 drought. Beckwith, daughter of the matriarch, had a new calf, a female, whose picture shows her cuddling up to her grandmother Barbara. Bogoria has also added a calf to the BB family. The UA family has expanded with the birth of Uriana's new calf. The EA family has new calves as well, even one born to the very beautiful Eclipse, who herself, was born during a time when Amboseli was experiecing a baby boom. Else has produced a calf as well. In the IA/IC family, Ismay has had a new calf, a daughter. The GB family's Garamba, Geeta, Georgia and Garba Tulla are proud mothers with new calves. In the CB family, Cerise the matriarch has a new calf as well, a daughter, a wonderful addition to her family which was once headed by Chloe, an elephant who died in the 2009 drought who Cynthia had known so well for many years. I wish them all the very best.

Best regards
Elephant2011

I wish them a long and happy life

Thu, 2012-04-12 18:29 by echo2009

I wait that the climatological conditions and especially the poaching, they allow to these new babies to grow sure next to his mothers, in order that Amboseli's great family could recover, if it is possible, of the tragic losses suffered in the drought of 2009.

I wish them a long and happy life

Thu, 2012-04-12 18:23 by echo2009

I wait that the climatological conditions and especially the poaching, they allow to all these new babies to grow sure next to his mothers, in order that Amboseli's great family could increase.

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