This is no longer the current, official web site of the trust. It is an older, no longer maintained version, kept only for historic reasons. The current web site is here.

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.

The History of the LC Family

Sun, 2011-12-11 10:57 by cmoss · Forum/category:
Louise's ID photo 1987 Libby ID photo 1987

The LC family is another family with a somewhat unusual history. The members originally belonged to the LA family when I first got to know them back in 1975. In those early years I was working out how many families there were in the population and who belonged with whom. As the adult females were photographed and the composition of the groups recorded, the family structures began to emerge. Each of these families was then assigned a letter of the alphabet. Thus the first family photographed became the ‘A’ family, the next the ‘B’ family and so on.

Film and Photos of the new calves!

Wed, 2011-11-23 14:08 by Vicki
Cerise and her 2011 daughter

hi everyone,

Thanks for your patience; we're delighted to be able to share some images of our new arrivals, via our YouTube channel Amboseli Trust, and on our Facebook page.

Review of "The Amboseli Elephants"

Mon, 2011-11-21 08:37 by cmoss

We were very pleased, indeed, to read this rave review of our new book, "The Amboseli Elephants: A Long-Term Perspective on a Long-Lived Mammal". The review is by Alexander V. Georgiev from Harvard University and it appeared in the International Journal of Primatology. See the attachment.

Articles about ATE in African Geographic

Mon, 2011-11-07 15:27 by cmoss

Here in the attached PDF are two nice reports on some of the work we do as part of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants.

Cattle in Amboseli National Park

Wed, 2011-10-26 15:01 by cmoss
Elephants and cattle in close proximity

I know that finding cattle in the National Park has upset some of you. I want to discuss this phenomenon both in the present day and with some historical perspective. Several photos of cattle were posted on the Kenyans for Wildlife Facebook page. Those photos represent three different situations:
1) A view near the border of the Park; the cattle were actually outside the Park and the elephants were inside.

The History of the KA Family

Sat, 2011-10-22 10:14 by cmoss · Forum/category:
Karen on October 5, 1973 FlopEar on October 5, 1973

Harvey Croze and I started the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in September 1972 with the goal of studying one of the few relatively natural populations of elephants remaining in Africa. We chose Amboseli because the elephants were wandering freely over migration routes that they had been using for hundreds of years. They were not fenced or compressed into a protected area and they were not being heavily poached. Another good reason for choosing this population was that it was small enough (600-700) to get to know every animal individually.

The Baby Boom Is Beginning!

Sun, 2011-10-16 06:05 by Vicki
Qumquat with her tiny newborn daughter, flanked protectively by her elder daughters. As the KA family approach, the QBs cluster defensively around the new calf.

The entire team is starting to feel sorry for some of our females; the most heavily pregnant ladies are starting to look quite tired. Not surprising when you consider that in a 22-month gestation, calves do a final growth spurt in the last month or so of pregnancy.

Wangari and us...

Wed, 2011-09-28 10:07 by hcroze
Wangari opening Karura Cristina...

Prof. Wangari Maathai's passing has stunned us all. Purity Waweru, our Office Manager, said she has lost her role model. Cynthia Moss said on the ATE FaceBook page, "This is a great loss to Kenya and the world. She was an amazing woman; we must all try to follow in her footsteps."

New IFAW Blog Entry Live: The Enigmatic EA Elephants

Sat, 2011-09-10 11:53 by Vicki
Pretty Elkana adopts a typical EA posture - head buried in the Phoenix palms.... ...before, ears flapping happily, she opts for what I like to call the "takeaway" option

I decided to write this month's blog entry about the EAs quite a few weeks ago. Imagine my disappointment then when I couldn't find them, even to take any photos to put up here on the website. As you'll see from the blog post, not getting data on the EA family is something I'm learning to live with, but they just spent about a week right in the centre of Longinye swamp, where any photos I took would just be dark grey blobs on a sea of green.

Whales and Elephants

Sun, 2011-09-04 07:23 by cmoss

I'm posting a link to a fascinating interview with Toni Frohof on whales. There is so much overlap in what she's looking at in whales and dolphins and what we're trying to understand in elephants that I thought it was worth posting this interview.