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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.

Seminar at St Andrews, UK: Comparative perspectives on the evolution of language

Fri, 2007-08-24 11:37 by Petter · Forum/category:
From talk St Andrews
ATE's Research Director Joyce Poole will be giving a talk at a seminar entitled Comparative perspectives on the evolution of language at University of St Andrews], Scotland, 28th and 29 August. The title of her talk is "Big talkers: Elephant communication and sociality". The seminar is the last in a series called "Evolutionary Approaches to Culture, Cognition and Communication".

Renata with her dead calf

Sat, 2007-08-18 08:23 by nnjiraini · Forum/category:
Renata's dead calf Renata with her dead calf

On the 12th of June 07, I set out on my normal daily field work to the western side of the park but didn’t find many Elephants, as it's normal during the dry season. Many families move out of the park and sometimes we tend to find the same family everyday.

Amboseli as a Biosphere Reserve

Wed, 2007-08-15 15:24 by hcroze · Forum/category:
Amboseli Biosphere Reserve stylised logo


In October 2005, following the surprising announcement that Amboseli National Park was to be de-gazetted (there is currently a court case attempting to stop the transfer) , the UNESCO Nairobi Office and the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO in consultation with KWS asked us to conduct an inventory and prepare an analysis of the Amboseli situation.

AmboGIS - the Amboseli Geographic Information System

Tue, 2007-08-14 04:23 by hcroze · Forum/category:
GIS map of Amboseli ecosystem Greater Amboseli ecosystem (s. Kajiado District)

The application of GIS – Geographic Information System – tools provides new and interesting ways of looking at the long-term data of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project. (You can find an introduction to GIS at ESRI's GIS primer.)

ATE Naming Program

Tue, 2007-08-07 08:45 by cmoss · Forum/category:
Recently Named Calf

The Amboseli Trust for Elephants has a unique program for people wanting to become more intimately involved in the research project. It is a naming program, in which one of our now 1500 known individual elephants is given a name chosen by a donor. The program has been in existence since 1988 and it works like this:

Drought in Amboseli

Tue, 2007-07-31 15:37 by cmoss · Forum/category:
2006-2007 rainfall to date Amboseli dustdevils

I flew down to Amboseli on Saturday, the 28th. It’s very dry here. During the period referred to as the “long rains” of March-May, we only received 40% of the normal rainfall (the 4th and 5th bars from the right on the graph; the line shows the 38-year monthly averages). No rain is expected until November, three full months from now. We are well aware that there will be stressful and difficult times ahead.

Elephants sleep

Thu, 2007-07-26 08:20 by Hans · Forum/category:
Ella wakes up her calf, July 2007 SB youngster sleeping

The first photo, taken by Harvey (of Ella from the EB familiy, waking her calf), inspired me to write down that elephants not only sleep, but also lie down for sleeping.

CBOSS -- Cell-Based Observational Sampling System

Sat, 2007-07-21 07:35 by hcroze · Forum/category:
Maasai Scouts and trainers (Soila, Norah, David), October 2006 Patrick Papatiti records dung pile

We need to improve our information on elephants from the whole Amboseli ecosystem (some 8,000 km², 3000 mi²). We propose to do this by initiating a new approach to data collection that involves enlisting existing person power—Maasai Scouts in particular—as ‘nuclei’ of a cell-based observational sampling system (CBOSS).

Amboseli Lion Project

Thu, 2007-07-19 14:44 by DeIongh · Forum/category:
Lions in Amboseli, the left one wearing a radio collar

The Amboseli Lion Project is a collaboration between KWS, Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University (Netherlands) and Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, SA.The KWS coordinator is Tuqa Jirmo and it will be good to include him in any communication on the project.

The main aim of the project is to study the movements and home ranges of lions from Amboseli NP in the surrounding Maasai group ranches, through GPS/GSM tracking, VHF tracking and direct field observations.

Earth-shaking events in Amboseli

Wed, 2007-07-18 05:14 by hcroze · Forum/category:
Location of earthquake Time of day of 15 tremors between 12-18 July 07

The Amboseli elephant research team felt the earth shaking late afternoon on the 17th of July. Just after 5 PM local time the nearly 6-magnitude tremor started. The team ran out of the office and their quarters for safety. The shock lasted nearly a minute. One of the nearby Ol Tukai Lodge cottages was on fire, and the team spent the next hour helping lodge staff to quell the blaze. No one was hurt.