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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.

Christmas tremors in Amboseli

Wed, 2007-12-26 16:09 by hcroze · Forum/category:

Xmas tremors
Tremor epicenter

Earth tremors have once again shaken Cynthia and her camp visitors in their camp chairs. Regular visitors to our site will remember the note on a series of seismic events back in July. This time, at 16:45 local time on 23rd December, there was just one 5.4 magnitude shock.

At last, Amboseli receives decent rain

Thu, 2007-12-13 10:03 by bntawuasa · Forum/category:
Cumulonimbus over Amboseli

A few days ago on a drive around the park one would notice that things weren’t looking all that promising for the animals because Amboseli was yet to receive proper rain to sustain its wildlife population. On some days it would get very hot by nine in the morning and elephant families tend to arrive into the swamps early to beat the scorching sun. Young calves born this year are the ones getting it worse.

More on Echo and family - video

Wed, 2007-12-12 08:07 by hcroze

Echo striding
Echo glides past

Echo of the Elephants again... In this YouTube video we see Echo, matriarch of the EB family, shepherding half her family over one of the few green grass patches left near the end of this very poor rainfall year.

I was resisting the temptation to post more of Cynthia's and my 'home movie', thinking that folks might get a bit bored, but then I read Sara Cowgill's recent comment, "For me, elephants don't have to be drinking water to be exciting, they don't have to be giving birth, or dying, or copulating, or fighting. I want to see them lumbering along, the sounds they make talking to each other and the breath, the foot pad making contact with the earth, the sounds of the skin rubbing, the tail swishing ...". OK, so here's more 'lumbering along' (more like gliding, in fact) ...

Ely: Wanted, Alive!

Wed, 2007-12-12 06:35 by hcroze
Ely, Jan-03, left ear Ely, Jan-03, right ear

Peter Dennis asked in a recent comment, "how Ely is doing?" Good question. Those of you who have seen the first of the three-part BBC Echo of the Elephants TV series will remember Ely as Echo's fourth calf, the heroic little fellow born in 1990 who overcame a birth defect that crippled his front legs for nearly a week until after innumerable tries he forced himself to stand.

'Overdevelopment' around Amboseli

Sun, 2007-12-09 15:22 by hcroze

Amboseli development
Development blocking corridors

Amboseli National Park is under siege. Burgeoning uncontrolled development in the form of lodges and hotels are springing up like mushrooms from elephant dung, cutting off wildlife corridors from the Park to the surrounding ecosystem.

The map shown here zooms in on the southeastern portion of the Park (boundary shown as blue-green dashed line) and the ecosystem. Some features:

Echo at home - short video

Fri, 2007-12-07 16:54 by hcroze

Echo pauses to smell
Echo tests a strange smell

Just came back from a flying visit to Amboseli for some admin and logistic work. Went out with Cynthia yesterday morning to try her new little hand-held Panasonic DVD recorder on Echo and the EBs. You can see the video below. The family is looking plump and healthy, despite the prolonged drought (Amboseli has only had half the annual rainfall so far!): it pays to have a wise old matriarch to maximise your survival chances.

The Capture and Training of Elephants

Mon, 2007-11-19 12:12 by jpoole

Statement by Joyce Poole

I have come a long way to participate in this meeting [DEAT in South Africa]. Likewise, South Africa has come a long way by encouraging this open process around such significant and contentious elephant management issues. The themes we are discussing are important for elephants, yes, but also for human beings who have the responsibility of acting in an ethical manner toward all living creatures.

Open Letter to the Minister

Mon, 2007-11-19 12:04 by jpoole

Open Letter To:

Minister Martinus Van Schalkwyk
Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
South Africa

20 November 2007


Distressed elephants in Beijing Zoo

Sun, 2007-11-18 08:40 by hcroze

The movie shows pathological stereotypical behaviour of Asian elephants in the Beijing zoo. September 2003. The trunk-tossing, foot-waving and body-swaying movements are typical of the near-psychotic state of intelligent animals confined, deprived, probably chained and possibly abused.

The capture and training of wild elephants for elephant back safaris and circuses in South Africa

Sat, 2007-11-17 19:28 by jpoole

I flew to South Africa on 7/11 to attend a one day meeting on 8/11 organized by the Department of Environment and Tourism (DEAT) to discuss the capture from the wild and training of elephants for elephant back safaris and circuses. The object of the meeting was