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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.

Encounter with Essien

Thu, 2011-09-01 14:09 by ssayialel
Eudora and Essien at five years old Essien behind the car

Amboseli Elephants are renowned for their tolerance to close proximity to human beings. This makes them easy to study and offers a close wildlife encounter to tourists. The lack of fear is mostly displayed by individuals and families that use and forage in conflict-free areas and by those that mainly use the park as their home range. It’s a different case with families that are exposed to poaching and human-elephant conflicts: they won’t let humans get to within fifty metres before taking off in a frenzied run.

Ivory in China

Tue, 2011-08-30 17:16 by cmoss

A recent report by Esmond Bradley Martin and Lucy Vigne shows that at least 63% of ivory items for sale in China are illegal. See the article at:

The History of the JA & JA2 Families

Tue, 2011-08-23 09:33 by cmoss · Forum/category:
Jezebel Matriarch of the JAs

The JA family is one of the best known of the 64 elephant families in Amboseli. It is a favorite of many of the researchers who have worked on the Amboseli Elephant Research Project. I think we all like the family so much because it was, for 19 years of the study, led by the magnificent matriarch Jezebel. She died in her late 50s in 1993 and at the time was one of the oldest elephants in the population. She had beautiful, long, elegantly curved tusks, which were exceptional for a female. In fact, Jezebel's tusks caused confusion at the very beginning of the study.

Elephant Photo

Sun, 2011-08-21 04:41 by DFord · Forum/category:

Hello Amboseli field workers, thank you for all you do with the elephants and sharing info with us... I was looking on the Internet on Elephant In Amboseli, and I found this wonderful one! Which elephant is that and what Family is it from?? Thank you!!!!

Latest IFAW blog post: Flexibility Brings Success for the GBs

Tue, 2011-08-09 17:48 by Vicki
GarbaTulla getting feisty. I love this image so much, I had to include it in the gallery, although I used it in last month's IFAW post. She got very cross with these impala, who came running into the middle of the family. Gerard lost his mother in 2007 but he seems to be coping well. I think the "gang" of young males in the family keep him well occupied.

What a month it's been! ATE has been exceptionally busy with attending the ivory burning at Manyani and our collaring operation. Our core monitoring and research activities also continue of course, and I confess it's good to spend more time with the elephants now these big events are over.

Collaring Slideshow now on YouTube

Tue, 2011-08-09 14:18 by Vicki · Forum/category:

Regular followers of ATE will know that with the help of KWS, Space for Giants and Savannah Tracking, we recently collared five female elephants from five of the Amboseli elephant families. Although our work is normally totally non-invasive, we took this decision in order to gain more detailed information on the migration routes elephants use within the Amboseli ecosystem.

Elephant Baby Boom

Tue, 2011-08-09 10:14 by cmoss

One of our regular visitors asked about the upcoming baby boom. We predict that it will start in December. The last time something like this happened was at the end of 1978. There was a terrible drought in Amboseli in 1975-76 with the result that many calves died and at the same time the females were in poor condition and stopped reproductive cycling. Half of the calves born in 1976 died and only two calves were born in 1977. No more calves were born until November 1978, but from that point on into 1979 and 1980 baby elephants seemed to be raining from the sky.

ANP Wildlife census

Fri, 2011-08-05 15:49 by ssayialel
AERP Census team, Patrick, Soila, Cynthia and Robert. Coke's Hartebeest

The Amboseli National Park Management and Scientific Authority recently organized and undertook a wildlife census on 23rd July 2011 in the Amboseli National Park. This was towards the need to monitor population changes and habitat use by wildlife species.
The exercised carried out by KWS with assistance from SFS (School for Field Studies), Amboseli Serena and AERP. Each institution provided a vehicle and a couple of staff for the exercise.

Human-Elephant conflict in the Southern Indian Nilgiri forest ranges

Mon, 2011-08-01 06:23 by sivaram · Forum/category:

Here's a website which gives an excellent idea of the Human-elephant conflict that happens with regularity in the Southern Indian Nilgiri forest ranges. These are the same ranges that houses ancient elephant corridors and which are under threat due to resorts constructed by many rich and powerful elite. (This is very close my current home-town of Coimbatore)

Unless more measures are taken to create viable elephant corridors in this zone, these kinds of conflicts (sometimes fatal to both human and pachyderm) are bound to escalate.

Here's the website.

Kenya Burns Ivory, Sends Message to the World

Thu, 2011-07-21 13:06 by hcroze · Forum/category:
Kibaki lights pyre Ivory Burning

Elephant ivory is worthless and should only be worn by elephants -- That was the strong message sent by Kenya to the world when President Mwai Kibaki set light to nearly 5 tones of contraband ivory in Tsavo West National Park on 20 July 2011.