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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.

Our 100th calf

Tue, 2012-02-07 15:24 by Vicki
Still pink, just four days old.

Geeta's new daughter gave us cause for celebration with her arrival at position 100.

The History of the MA Family

Fri, 2012-02-03 09:49 by cmoss · Forum/category:
Mariana leading the MAs and WAs

The MA family was first sighted and photographed on March 26, 1975. It appeared to be a small family, and therefore it should have been a simple group to work out, but it never was. There were six members present that first day including two adult females. It was not until six months later that I saw them again and got better photographs of them. Over the next six months and actually up until 1978 I struggled to figure out who belonged to the MA family. The problem was that the MAs were closely bonded to the WAs led by the matriarch Wendy.

100th Calf Has Arrived

Thu, 2012-02-02 06:26 by cmoss

Yesterday Katito Sayialel found four new born calves which brings the baby boom total to 102! Katito wins the prize and tonight we're all gathering to celebrate this amazing phenomenon.

Photos of the new calves will follow soon.

Seventy calves - and counting!!!

Fri, 2012-01-20 14:20 by Vicki

I was thrilled today to find Risa with a new female calf, just outside our camp as I returned from the field. She is a particularly pretty little female, and when I came to my notes, I discovered she's baby number 70 in this baby boom.

I had to share just how sweet she is!

Photos by Croze

Fri, 2012-01-20 05:06 by hcroze
100_Sun bull

Let me park links to some of my photos in this blog until I can get around to setting up a special website (at the moment '' brings you here, as some visitors can see). Since many of the images are of elephants and Amboseli, it shouldn't be too much of an intrusion. Thanks for stopping by...

A busy start to 2012

Tue, 2012-01-17 14:05 by Vicki
On Dec 31st we found the lovely Enid with a new male calf, a lovely end to 2011. Barbara and Betts, her newest granddaughter in the BBs.

Hi everyone,

Well the ATE team has been kept incredibly busy during the first three weeks of 2012. The elephants have been in large groups, which keep us on our toes as we try to identify all the families and males present, as well of course as keeping track of all the new calves.

Here are some of my favourite shots of life in Amboseli over the past few weeks of the New Year.

With very best wishes for 2012, on behalf the of ATE team. We thank you for your support as we go into the 40th year of the project.


Happy Holidays to All Our Friends and Supporters

Sat, 2011-12-24 08:34 by cmoss
Kilimanjaro from our research camp

Here in Amboseli we're having a White Christmas!

Latest photos of albino calf

Fri, 2011-12-23 08:29 by cmoss
Jemima's calf follows close behind her He seems strong and healthy

I finally saw Jemima's white calf yesterday morning. I had been in Nairobi and couldn't wait to see him. I arrived in Amboseli two days ago. It's incredibly green and lush here--perfect conditions for the mothers of all the new calves. They have more than enough to eat to produce rich and nutritious milk.

Katito spotted the albino calf yesterday and directed me to him. He seems healthy and robust. We're a bit worried about sunburn but he seems ok for now.

Jemima's Albino Elephant Calf

Sat, 2011-12-17 12:35 by bntawuasa

Albino baby elephant first sighting by the Amboseli Elephant Research team in Amboseli National Park. Notice the white hair especially on the head and tail, pale skin and pinkish ears.

Click here to see the video.

Albino calf born to the JB family

Tue, 2011-12-13 10:39 by nsayialel
Walking to the swamp Calf and mother - Jemima

Today marks the last day of fieldwork with Graeme Shannon and Karen McComb on the elephant cognition project, which has involved using playback experiments to study social and ecological knowledge among elephant family groups. Back in May 2007 at the beginning of the project, one of the first groups that Graeme and I spotted were the JBs, and Jemima the matriarch had a new female calf that was less than a week old - named Julep. Now, 4.5 years later, we saw the JB family once again, and this time with two new calves.