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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.

Interview for New Scientist Magazine

Thu, 2011-06-02 16:41 by cmoss

I did an interview about Amboseli, the elephants and our new book for New Scientist a couple of weeks ago. It has appeared in the 28 May issue of the magazine. I am not able to link directly to the article because it requires a subscription, but they have given permission to post a PDF of the article. Click on the attachment and you will be able to see the interview.

Playback team reports on rare field observation

Tue, 2011-05-17 12:19 by nsayialel
Hollie and young females bunched closely Hollie and Hub next to dead calf

Early this morning Graeme and I were looking for family groups in the East of the park for our playback experiments. We sighted the LB family moving quickly towards a small group 250 m distant. We drove to the family (which turned out to be the HB group) and I immediately noticed that they were bunched together in a distinctive formation, which is a good indication that there may have been a recent birth.

Oakland Zoo Event - May 21

Sun, 2011-05-15 18:37 by cmoss

The Oakland Zoo has been supporting the Amboseli Elephant Research Project yearly for 15 years through its Celebrating Elephants Day at the zoo. They have raised over $200,000 for us over those years and that support has been crucial and very much appreciated.

New IFAW Blog Online. Elephant Research: The Rules of Engagement

Sat, 2011-05-07 13:06 by Vicki
Tolstoy in musth - he's one of the largest bulls in the Park at the moment, drawn in to seek females in oestrus. Born in 1971 he was just a year old when Cynthia started studying the elephants here in Amboseli. Plenty of food means plenty of chance to play for younger elephants.

Hi Everybody,

Greetings from Amboseli. The IFAW blog is now live - click here for the story. Here are some images to accompany the story, which is mainly about how elephants interact with us. I've also included some pictures of them interacting with each other, which is after all what the study is really about!

USA Trip and Newsletter

Wed, 2011-05-04 16:38 by cmoss
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I am in the US on a book promotion and fund-raising tour. I arrived on April 22 and will leave on June 3. That's a long trip and I'm already missing Amboseli and the elephants.

I wanted you to know that I will be combining the April and May newsletters. I hope to get this issue out around mid-May.

The History of the HA Family

Sat, 2011-04-30 15:19 by cmoss · Forum/category:

Not all the families in Amboseli are big and successful. Some have struggled and failed and have become extinct; the BA, DA, GA, NA, NB, QA and TB families no longer exist because there were no females to continue. Other families hold on by a thread. The HA family seems destined to be tiny. Harvey and I first met the members on October 5, 1973. It was early morning and we found three elephants along the edge of the Enkongo Narok swamp. This small group consisted of a female and two calves. There were no other elephants in the immediate area. The female was large and handsome.

What a Difference Eight Years Makes: Part II

Sat, 2011-04-09 08:40 by Vicki
Vernon in 2003 Vernon in 2011 - getting big!

Recently Cynthia posted a story about seeing Paolo after eight years, and how much males can grow in that time. Once males become independent of their families, they often disappear for a while, which causes us problems when they come back all grown up. We know they must belong to Amboseli families because they're so relaxed with our vehicles, but we have to go back to old photographs to work out who they are.

New IFAW blog: Rain and Elephants

Fri, 2011-04-01 12:22 by Vicki
muddy boys greeting each other Car or boat? This was the road leading to Ol Tukai after the first real rain.

Hi everyone,

Just to let you know my latest blog is live on the IFAW site - click here to read it. And here are some more photos to accompany the story - many are mud-themed!

The History of the GB and GB2 Families

Mon, 2011-03-28 08:20 by cmoss · Forum/category:
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The GB family managed to confuse me completely the first time I ever saw them in 1975. I had recently set up a permanent camp in the Ol Tukai Orok woodlands in the center of the Park and had begun to observe the elephants on a full-time basis. During the previous three years I had worked part-time in Amboseli, mostly trying to build up a photographic recognition file for the population. By the time I moved to the camp I felt that I knew the families that used the central areas of the Park fairly well.

New Research On Matriarchs

Wed, 2011-03-16 13:38 by jamie1990 · Forum/category:

This research suggests older female elephants make wiser leaders for their families, i believe the elephant in the video clip is the late Echo.