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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.

Annual Report 2007

Sun, 2008-03-02 18:46 by cmoss · Forum/category:

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Kenya parties sign accord!

Sun, 2008-03-02 16:47 by hcroze
Signing Ceremony Harvey & Kofi

There is dancing in the streets, literally, in Kisumu and Mombasa. On Thursday, 28 February 2008, President Mwai Kibaki and Hon. (now Prime Minister) Raila Odinga were bearded for more than five hours in Harambee House by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa and current Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete. As a result, they agreed to a power-sharing agreement that was signed that afternoon under the scrutiny of millions of jubilant Kenyans and the world.

Photos of the New EB Calf

Thu, 2008-02-28 13:40 by cmoss
Elettra with her new calf Elaine, comforting Elettra's new calf

I managed to get some photos of Elettra's calf yesterday when she was three days old. Active and strong, she had some trouble figuring out who her mother was among the 33 other members of the family, but she seems to know what she's doing now. Elettra, at only 12 years old, wasn't sure what she was doing herself but she seems to be getting more and more competent each day. The calf is suckling well. The main allomother is Elaine, Edwina's daughter, and she is seen in one of the photos comforting the calf.

Good News from Amboseli

Sun, 2008-02-24 12:36 by cmoss

Instead of disturbing or depressing news from Kenya, I actually have some good news to report. This morning I got word from Amboseli that there is a new baby in Echo's family. Elettra, the 12-year-old daughter of Ella (Echo's sister), gave birth to her first calf last night. It's a female and she seems robust and healthy. Martyn Colbeck, the cameraman who is working on the Animal Planet series we are currently filming, was the one who found her and he has been filming her since early this morning.

One Kenya, One Voice: a bit of progress & some hope...

Fri, 2008-02-01 04:38 by hcroze

Click here for some recent news! Have a look at Ushahidi, a Kenyan people-driven website with news and blogs on the situation. On first read, it seems quite balanced and factual. ('Ushahidi', by the way, is Swahili for 'testimony' or 'evidence'.) The site points to other blogs and commentaries from Kenyans and others inside and outside the country. For example, it announces a fund raiser called One Kenya, One Voice that's being held in Boston on 2 February. (And 'vuma' means 'rumble', 'roar', or the sound a distant drum makes.) Where there are voices like these, there is surely hope.

More News from Kenya

Sat, 2008-01-19 16:40 by cmoss

I'm writing this blog on Saturday, January 19. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there was mass action to protest the Kenya elections. Unfortunately, more people were killed. However, yesterday Raila Odinga announced that there would be no more public rallies for now. He has said that ODM will try to get justice in other ways. Mediation efforts are continuing. Kofi Annan will be arriving on Tuesday and along with some other eminent Africans he will try to help Kenya resolve its problems. We are hoping for the best.

Update on Kenya

Thu, 2008-01-10 08:57 by cmoss

I wish I could report that Kenya was peaceful and that the political turmoil has ended, but unfortunately the situation remains very tense. There is far less rioting and protesting but the outcome of the election still remains unresolved in the minds of at least half the Kenyan population. The Chairman of the African Union and President of Ghana, John Kufour, is here trying to mediate between Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga.

Vicky's Christmas Collar

Mon, 2008-01-07 03:03 by hcroze · Forum/category:
Vet takes aim... ...dart hits home...

Vicky, an adult female of the VA family, was given a satellite collar on 20 December. The main purpose is to measure and map the crucial corridors that elephants use in their frequent movements out of the sanctuary of Amboseli National Park to the surrounding ecosystem.

Playback experiments in Amboseli

Tue, 2008-01-01 16:12 by Petter
Dear All,

Together with all Kenyans we are following with sadness and anxiety the violent turmoil in the aftermath of the elections which took place on the 27thDecember. Right now it is difficult to see how this conflict will end. Our hope is that negotiations behind the scene will lead to a political solution that will be to the benefit of all.

The Situation in Kenya

Mon, 2007-12-31 15:20 by cmoss · Forum/category:

It’s December 31 and a few hours until the New Year. It’s also four days since the Kenya elections and I know that many of you watching the news must be worried about Kenya and those of us at the Amboseli Trust for Elephants.