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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.

"Echo of Amboseli" Painting

Tue, 2009-05-26 07:36 by cmoss

A world renowned wildlife artist known as BAS made a beautiful painting of Echo last year which is now available in limited edition prints.This artwork is part of the Echo Project which is a collaboration between the Amboseli Trust for Elephants and The Art of BAS. Funds raised through the sale of the Original Oil Painting and its associated Fine Art Canvas Limited Edition reproductions will benefit the valuable work of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants.

Adam with his Ingenious Ways of Survival

Sun, 2009-05-24 19:59 by ssayialel
Adam: Near the Elephant Research premises. Adam: Supposedly getting away from the premises.

Adam [the AA family unit boy] was born in 1968, son to Alyce, who was born in 1950 and died in 1979, and he had a brother born in 1979 but died same year – which might have been due to his mother's death. Adam and his sister Amelia – born in 1973 – are the only survivors in their nuclear family. Amelia is doing quite well with a family of 7 (There's Anghared – first born female, Abel – second born male, Ann – third born female, and Ava – fifth born female.

The Late Echo’s Family: Pay visits to the carcass frequently

Fri, 2009-05-22 17:16 by ssayialel
Echo's carcass_Enid & Family in the background Elise_Enid's daughter

The EBs are still not together, sometimes Enid and Eleanor come together but only stick for some time. Ella's whereabouts are still unknown, but we hope she is safe and staying out of trouble. It is very dry in the entire ecosystem and most of the elephants are outside the park. Edwina and her calves are not moving far, they are always in Oltukai Orok, where the Elephant Research Camp is situated. Eliot who is "mama" to all orphans, spends most her time with Esprit and Eudora spends most of the time with Elspeth and their calves.

Echo's bump: a confession by the man who shot Echo

Wed, 2009-05-20 09:42 by hcroze
Echo and Esprit Echo's bump

As Echo's family continues to mill around rather aimlessly in several small groups, I thought I'd share a couple of images of her and the story of how she got the bump on her bottom.

Animal Planet Series on Echo & Amboseli

Tue, 2009-05-19 15:08 by cmoss

The 13-part Animal Planet series on the Amboseli elephants and the work of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants premiered in Australia and New Zealand today (19 May). If you are in either of these countries and missed the first episodes it is being re-broadcast several times over the next week. Here is the link for the schedule:

Echo's Family

Sun, 2009-05-10 09:49 by cmoss

It is one week since Echo died. All of us who have spent so much time with her over the years are now here: Soila, Norah, Katito, Robert, Martyn Colbeck and I.

Martyn flew out from the UK last Sunday and got down to Amboseli on Monday morning. By then Echo had died and her body had been moved to a quiet place that was one of her favorites for resting with the family. I arrived from the US on Tuesday night and flew down to Amboseli on Thursday morning.


Sun, 2009-05-03 23:25 by cmoss

I have some very sad news to relay. Echo died today (Sun, 3. May 2009) at 2:42pm in Amboseli. She collapsed yesterday morning and was unable to get up. ATE staff Katito and Robert stayed with her the whole time. We believe she died from a combination of old age and the long three-year drought Amboseli has been experiencing. Echo was probably the best known wild elephant in the world because she featured in three BBC documentaries about her and her family: Echo of the Elephants; Echo of the Elephants, the Next Generation; and Echo of the Elephants, the Final Chapter?

Major Ivory Haul Seized in Amboseli Ecosystem

Sun, 2009-04-26 20:15 by hcroze · Forum/category:
Soila helps KWS identify age & sex of tusks Minister Noah Wakesa makes press statement

Ivory poachers transporting 703 kilograms (1,550 lbs) of whole and partially chopped tusks were apprehended on Saturday, 24th April, at Mbirikani in the eastern part of the Amboseli ecosystem.

The Kenya Police from Oloitokitok, led by Insp. Charles Mwangi, laid ambush on the Oloitokitok-Emali road and nabbed a late-model 4-by-4 loaded to the gunnels with tusks, most of which probably came from up to 50 Amboseli elephants.

Little Male alive and kicking

Sun, 2009-04-26 18:33 by ssayialel · Forum/category:
Little Male

The last time I checked Little Male (M-192) was seen on the 6th of September 2008, to the east of the park in a place called Olo doare with a spear in his trunk. The following days after he was speared, a search party was initiated both by air and on the ground for three days, but he was never seen anywhere.

For about six months, he was not seen in the park or even in areas where the AERP field staff visits when monitoring elephants outside the park.

The Amboseli Book

Sat, 2009-04-25 06:20 by cmoss

I am very pleased to report that my AERP colleagues and I delivered the final chapter for the big Amboseli book to the University of Chicago Press last night. We first met to discuss the contents of this book in September 1998, which means it has only taken us 10 and a half years to complete. It has been an extremely difficult task but we continued to believe it was worthwhile and that we couldn't abandon it, as much as we sometimes wanted to. Talk about an albatross on one's back--this was a huge baby elephant.