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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.

Progress on the Elephant Series

Fri, 2007-11-16 18:37 by cmoss
Espresso pulling on his cousin's tail

I just flew up to Nairobi yesterday morning after an intense period of filming with Echo and her family. Martyn Colbeck has been filming for two months now and is very pleased with what he has been able to get so far. Mike Birkhead, the producer, visited for four days this week, and was also satisfied that everything was proceeding at the right pace.

Elephants—Spy in the Herd

Fri, 2007-11-16 07:35 by Lesley · Forum/category:

Video: Elephants—Spy in the Herd

The video Elephants—Spy in the Herd is an intimate view of elephants from the point of view of "dung" cameras. Truly fascinating, lovely, sweet, and amusing.

Elephant Culture

Thu, 2007-11-15 21:42 by elephantgirlmarie · Forum/category:

I wanted to know if anyone has any information on elephants using "culture" like chimpanzees?

Dry Season in Amboseli

Sun, 2007-10-28 18:36 by cmoss

It’s October 27 and there was a full moon last night. We’re told the weather always changes at the full moon. We certainly hope so. It’s desperately dry here in the Park. It’s also hot, windy and dusty. Every day the wind comes up earlier and earlier creating huge dust devils and sometimes choking dust storms.

AERP Publications List and Book in Progress

Mon, 2007-10-08 09:21 by cmoss

I have recently updated the publications list for the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP). This list includes all the books, book chapters, scientific papers, theses and reports produced by the scientists working for or in collaboration with AERP. There are currently 130 publications, 92 of which have been peer-reviewed.

Successful US lecture and fundraising tour - 14 to 29 September - thanks!

Sat, 2007-10-06 08:53 by Petter · Forum/category:
ATE Research Director Joyce Poole and Petter Granli met so many people interested in and even passionate about elephants and the work of ATE and ElephantVoices during their two week lecture and fundraising tour. We are fully dependant on the generosity of individuals to continue our long-term research, conservation and welfare efforts. The good news is therefore that the lectures and meetings in Bozeman, Jackson Hole, San Francisco and Los Angeles led to substantial financial support.

Innovative solutions: insurance against human-wildlife conflict?

Fri, 2007-09-14 17:08 by hcroze · Forum/category:

Over the past few years, ATE has been looking for new ways to engender good will towards wildlife in the greater Amboseli ecosystem: the key to the future of the elephants is a positive attitude among the Maasai who live in the park's dispersal areas (see Outreach).

New Filming Project

Sat, 2007-09-08 16:07 by cmoss · Forum/category:
Martyn Colbeck, ace film-maker, and modified Land Rover "Did I take the lens cap off?"

Filming will begin tomorrow on an exciting new documentary series about the Amboseli elephants and the work of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. The award-winning production company, Mike Birkhead Associates, will take the lead in producing a 13-part series for Animal Planet and the European-based Off the Fence.

Two year old female calf

Wed, 2007-09-05 15:00 by ssayialel · Forum/category:
2 years old calf feeding in the swamp 2 years old calf feeding in the swamp

As one drives through the terrain of Amboseli Ecosystem and especially inside the Park, the situation doesn’t look good because of the ongoing drought. Elephant sighting is becoming less and less. Most family groups come into the park around mid-day and some are spotted at night coming to drink and then head back to forage outside the park.

Tool-using: request for information

Wed, 2007-09-05 04:10 by hcroze · Forum/category:
Young JB female scratching breast with stick. Amboseli, Jul-03. Jemima's '03 playing with stick. Amboseli, Jul-03. Not tool-using, but motor skills are precursors.

Melissa Groo, who runs the excellent Save the Elephants Elephant News (you can subscribe here), posted the announcement below from Hezy Shoshani, old friend of Amboseli researchers and venerable elephant expert.