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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.

Crisis in Amboseli

Wed, 2012-07-18 07:39 by cmoss

The Amboseli Trust for Elephants is sorry to have to report a serious crisis in the Amboseli ecosystem. A long-standing controversy over the status of the Park has once more escalated into direct conflict. The moran (warriors) have been ordered by their leaders to kill wildlife outside the Park boundary, on community lands. Our Deputy Director for Community Affairs, Soila Sayialel, has been involved in meeting with all stakeholders and we are carefully monitoring the situation, but there are many rumors in circulation.

The History of the PA Family

Mon, 2012-06-25 15:35 by cmoss · Forum/category:
Philomena and Penelope greeting Pearl, Penelope's daughter, leading the PAs

The PA family has always been big and fluid and frequently confusing. It was the first family in the population to permanently split into two; there have been others since then but it is not a common occurrence. Up until 1982 the Ps, as they were called then, made up the largest family in the Amboseli population. They were a magnificent group when my colleague Harvey Croze and I first saw them on October 20, 1973. There were so many big adult females that it was all we could do to just photograph them on that day.

Discovery Channel Documentary on Ivory

Thu, 2012-06-21 10:24 by cmoss

Discovery Channel is airing an important documentary on elephant poaching and the ivory trade at 8:00PM on June 23 in the US. Be sure to see it. I, along with several other conservationist working in Kenya, were interviewed and appear in the program. The filmmakers also went to Central Africa, Malaysia and China.

Mothers' Day Video

Sat, 2012-05-12 14:51 by cmoss

A couple of months ago I did an interview with the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) team that was visiting us. They are one of our major supporters. They happened to ask me about elephant mothers and calves and they have released the video for Mothers' Day in the US.

Why there are "too many" elephants in southern Africa, and not enough elsewhere?

Mon, 2012-04-30 17:05 by Keith
Elephant, feeding on an acacia tree. Photo: Hans-Georg Michna

A number of people have asked about an apparent paradox, that in most of Africa (East, West and Central Africa) elephants are apparently facing major threats from poaching and land use competition, while in southern Africa there are said to be "too many elephants". There are several factors coming together to create this divergence of viewpoints.

The facts seem to be that:

150 calves now in our baby boom!

Fri, 2012-04-27 06:35 by Vicki
Our 150th calf, born to Zaynab of the ZC family. Zaynab and her new son in the lush green of a rain-soaked Amboseli

We are delighted to hit another landmark in our baby boom. Since the 12th of October, we've now documented 150 births. These calves are thriving, having been born in an above-average rainfall year. It's a delight being around the families, even though the terrain is becoming increasingly water-logged and harder for us to get to the elephants.

The History of the OA Family

Fri, 2012-04-20 10:26 by cmoss · Forum/category:
Olga in October 1973

I first met the OA family on October 20, 1973 early on in the study when I was working only part-time. They were in a large aggregation of about 100 elephants and about all I could do was photograph as many adult females as possible.

Keeping Up with the TCs

Sat, 2012-04-07 09:20 by Vicki
A sleepy Slo in front of the rest of the family The hugest ears and chubbiest calf belongs to Tinsel, a son.

The TC family starred in Cynthia’s book Elephant Memories, and their triumphs and trials through thirteen years have introduced countless people to the wonder of elephant family life.

The EB Calves Know How to have Fun

Sat, 2012-03-03 08:46 by cmoss
EBcalves1_Med EBcalvesClimbing2_Med

Echo's family, the EBs, have had seven new calves since November. Ebony, Eliot, Enid, Ella, Elettra, Echeri and Eleanor have given birth to six males and one female. Eliot has the female, but this calf more than holds her own with her male cousins.

The Baby Boom Continues...

Wed, 2012-02-22 13:02 by Vicki
ULR12 son of Ulrica, a week old, flaps his ears to cool off on the heat of the plain. Poppy and her 2011 daughter, born in December, cool off together

Here are some of my favourite images of our newest arrivals in Amboseli. The calves are doing well and we're nowhere near the end of the births yet.