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Amboseli Trust for Elephants

The Amboseli Elephant Research Project is the longest study of wild elephants in the world. We work to understand the lives and ensure the future of 1,500 elephants in the Amboseli ecosystem fed by the waters of Kilimanjaro.

Review of new Echo film in the Guardian, 6 August 2010

Fri, 2010-08-06 13:35 by cmoss

There was a two-part review in the Guardian that included another program:

Below is the part relating to "Echo an Unforgettable Elephant":

Life and death of Echo in The Sun

Thu, 2010-08-05 07:49 by bntawuasa

A comprehensive story on the life and death of the 'Majestic Echo'. Go to:

New BBC Film About Echo

Wed, 2010-07-28 15:57 by cmoss

"Echo An Unforgettable Elephant"

For UK friends and supporters you have a special treat. The final film about Echo, which includes a retrospective of her life and the consequences to her family after her death, will be shown on BBC2 on August 5. In the days previous to this premiere BBC will be showing all the other Echo films. To read more about the schedule and see a preview and interviews go to:

US viewers will be able to see the new film on PBS channels on October 17. I will post more information closer to the time.

Homecoming ceremony for Faith Resiato

Fri, 2010-07-23 08:52 by ssayialel
Faith Resiato Oloitiptip and Soila The Ceremony

The Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE) started an initiative of supporting young Maasai girls in high school and also paying University scholarship for girls and boys.

Homecoming ceremony for Jacob Kipaa

Fri, 2010-07-23 08:18 by nnjiraini
Jacob Kipaa and Norah Crowd at the Ceremony

Jacob Kipaa, a local Massai recently returned home from completing his Masters Degree in China for two years. He is one of the lucky students who are sponsored by the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. The project sponsored him through his Undergraduate Degree at Nairobi University here in Kenya before travelling to China.

Two Recent Articles about ATE

Sat, 2010-06-26 07:07 by cmoss

Two Recent Articles

While I was in the US in May, I did two interviews in California, one for the Santa Ynez Valley Journal and the other for the science section of the Los Angeles Times. They have both now been published and below are the links:,0,72067...

Clowns of the Savannah are back but no Calves

Mon, 2010-06-14 07:47 by jkioko
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Everything about the wildebeest is amusing, so much so that the presence or absence of this antelope cannot go unnoticed. In her book, Portraits in the Wild, Cynthia Moss describes wildebeests as absurd-looking animals, often making weird dancing around movements when excited. There were fears that the species was becoming extinct in Amboseli National Park as less than 50 individuals were counted during the peak of last year’s drought. The March 2010 total count of the Amboseli ecosystem revealed that 83% of the wildebeests had died.

Training Community Elephant Guardians

Wed, 2010-05-26 20:46 by ssayialel
Scouts in class Parade

We trained 15 community game scouts, who will be running two elephant anti-poaching camps situated to the south of Amboseli National Park. As elephant and other wildlife guardians the scouts will alert ATE and Kenya Wildlife Service personnel of potential threats to elephants. The camps will be strategically set to ensure that there are frequent crossborder (Kenya and Tanzania) patrols to curb potential elephant poaching.

ATE Supports Amboseli Wet Season Aerial Wildlife Count

Sun, 2010-05-16 09:15 by bntawuasa
Airstrip map

ATE together with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and the Maasai Community around Amboseli National Park have just concluded an aerial wildlife count in the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro and Magadi Natron area. The exercise was the first of such magnitude involving Kenyan and Tanzanian researchers.

Elephant Moms Help Daughters on First Dates

Thu, 2010-04-22 06:10 by hcroze · Forum/category:

A new paper led by one of our research collaborators, Lucy Bates from St. Andrews University, has shown it is quite likely that experienced females demonstrate to their naive young daughters in their first oestrus how to attract the attention of appropriate bulls.

It's another example of the amazing depth and subtlety of elephant behaviour that we can only come to understand through our long-term research.