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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.

Sinya wells not a danger anymore

Fri, 2009-04-24 17:09 by ssayialel · Forum/category:
Community and ATE fundis working on Well 1 Soila reaches into Well 2

This is certainly good news to follow up the report posted on 12th February this year by Robert. Around mid-March we organised and led a construction team to Sinya where the slipping and falling of young baby elephants in to the wells was becoming a common occurrence.

Dates for Animal Planet Series on the Amboseli Elephants

Mon, 2009-03-23 15:57 by cmoss

The 13-part animal planet series on the Amboseli elephants and the work of ATE has been completed and we are beginning to get some dates. We still don't know the exact dates for the US and UK, but we know that it will be towards the end of the year. In the meantime, here are some definite dates that we do know:

APL Australia/NZ 5.19.09
APL SE Asia 5.31.09
APL Brazil 6.11.09
APL India 6.19.09
APL Japan 5.30.09
APL Latin 6.11.09
APL Taiwan 5.31.09

Report on Elephant Poaching and Ivory Trade in the Amboseli Area

Sat, 2009-02-14 08:35 by cmoss
Poached Kisanjani 02crop


We have some very disturbing news from Amboseli. The situation for elephants in the area has become critical over the past year and more particularly over the past four months. Elephants are being wounded and killed by spears, poison arrows and bullets at an alarming rate. For the first time in many years, tusks are being removed by unknown persons. Through our investigations we have discovered that the ivory is being sold at 3000/- shillings ($38) per kilo. Most of the ivory is reported to be going across the border into Tanzania. Unless this killing and the trade are stopped now, the famous Amboseli elephants will be decimated.

Sinya wells: a danger to baby elephants

Thu, 2009-02-12 11:28 by bntawuasa · Forum/category:
Sinya's trunk Calf in one of the wells

Wells dug by Maasai at Sinya, some 10 km outside Amboseli National Park to the southwest, are one of causes rendering baby elephants orphans. The wells are just about a couple of feet deep but deep enough to make it impossible for a calf to make it out on its own even with the help of its mother. Compared to the adults with long trunks which can stretch far down to the water with minimum effort, the young calves struggle to their wits' end before slipping and falling into the wells.

End-of-Year Report by the Director

Wed, 2008-12-31 09:41 by cmoss

I am posting my end-of-year report that I send out to donors. It is eight pages long and full of information about what we have been doing during 2008. We have many problems and challenges but we have also had successes to be pleased about.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year, Cynthia

Elephants die earlier in zoos

Thu, 2008-12-11 22:37 by Hans · Forum/category:
Elephants in Amboseli, Kenya

A new study comparing wild, captive and working elephants has found that living in zoos can significantly shorten the animals' lives.

Read the complete BBC News article

Writing in the journal Science, researchers say obesity is a major cause of death in adult zoo elephants.

They also cite stress as the key factor in the death of young captive animals when they are moved from zoo to zoo.

They say ideally zoos should not take on new elephants if they cannot provide suitable environments.

Vicky's new-born calf

Tue, 2008-12-02 16:49 by nnjiraini · Forum/category:
Vicky with her new calf

Remember Vickie, the VA adult female who was given a collar on 20 December 2007? Well, she just added another member to the already biggest family in the Amboseli Ecosystem. Vicky gave birth to a healthy looking female calf estimated to have been born on 25 October of this year.

The departure of a matriarch

Thu, 2008-11-20 09:16 by nsayialel · Forum/category:
Lower jaw showing the last wearing out molar Identifying the carcass using field ID pictures

Isis was thought to be the oldest Elephant in the whole of the Amboseli Elephant population. She is estimated to have been born in the mid 1930's, accurately 1936, according to Cynthia Moss's records. It is with sad emotion that we announce the death by old age of one of the best known and studied matriarchs, Isis of the IB family. Her lower jaw shows that she was down to her last molar which is smooth and completely worn out.

A Special Baby

Tue, 2008-11-11 16:15 by cmoss
Obama on November 5

On the morning of November 5th I got a text message from Soila in Amboseli telling me how happy the whole ATE team was that Obama was elected. Everyone in Kenya was hoping and praying that he would win, not only because he was a "son of Kenya" as people say here, but also because he seemed the right man to make the world a better and more peaceful place. Soila asked: "In honor of his election can we name a calf after him?" I said, of course, it's a great idea.

EB family welcomes a new member

Tue, 2008-11-11 10:08 by nsayialel · Forum/category:
Eudora with her young calf, Echo at the back The new-born sliding and falling on the ground

With the drought now breaking, the EB's welcomed a new-born baby only five days ago. It's Eudora's new-born, her sixth calf since her first, Elspeth, in 1988. Her calves would have today totalled six, but she lost two of them the same year they were born. Her second calf, born in 1993, died the same year. Third is Eldon, a male born in 1996 and already gone independent, which is pretty early at twelve years old. Her fourth calf, born in 2000, also died the same year. Fifth is Essien, born in 2002, and the last is the latest arrival in the family, a female.