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 It is an older, no longer maintained version, kept only for historic reasons.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.

New IFAW Blog Entry Now Online

Sat, 2011-03-05 13:29 by Vicki
Angelina with her distinctive tusks Anwyn's 2010 calf has nobody to play with in her family at the moment but we hope she will have playmates at the end of the year

I have been spending the last month finding my feet and starting the painstaking process of learning to identify the Amboseli elephants, with a lot of help from Norah, Katito and the rest of the ATE team. It's great fun, and I love feeling I'm starting to make progress, especially with the families I'm studying.

ATE Newsletter Archive

Wed, 2011-03-02 06:02 by hcroze · Forum/category:

May-Jun 2013 - No. 23

  • Transformation of the EB Family
  • State of the Population
  • The History of the VA Family
  • Amboseli Book Chapter Summary 10: Vocal Communication and Social Knowledge
  • The Case Against ATE Staff
  • Student Achievements
  • Cynthia Moss Lecture and Art Auction in Jackson Hole
  • Jasiri's Progress
  • Oakland Zoo

What a Difference Eight Years Makes

Thu, 2011-02-24 10:51 by cmoss
Paolo in January 2003 Paolo Mudsplashing

I was out this morning catching up with the elephants when I came upon a gorgeous big bull. At first I didn't know who it was but then I looked through the ID book and found Paolo. He has grown tremendously and he has developed the most spectacular tusks. Born in November 1979, Paolo will turn 32 this year. He will be one of the most magnificent bulls ever if he is allowed to live until he is 50 or more.

The two photos show the difference in eight years. The one was taken in January 2003 when he was 23; the other was taken today while Paolo was having a good mudsplash.

The History of the FB Family

Mon, 2011-02-21 13:50 by cmoss · Forum/category:
Early ID Photo of Freda

Freda of the FBs had one of the longest reigns as matriarch of any of the families in Amboseli. She was there when the family was first sighted on the second day of the project on September 2, 1972 and she continued as matriarch until she died in 2009. That made her very special to us. Freda’s family is one of the best-known in the population. I have continuous records of its births and deaths, good times and bad times over the past 38 years.

The Book is Available

Thu, 2011-02-17 11:33 by cmoss
Soila with our Book

We just got word that copies of The Amboseli Elephants: a long-term perspective on a long-lived mammal have been received by the people who ordered them from Amazon. We have been told by the University of Chicago Press that copies will be available in bookstores by March 15 in the US and by April 4 in the UK.

Social Disruption Study Blog Goes Live

Sat, 2011-02-12 07:08 by Vicki
Elephants as we come in to land at Amboseli airistrip Large groups moving into the swamp

As the newest ATE researcher, I have joined the team to study the effect of the 2009 drought on the Amboseli elephant families. I will be writing regularly about my role within the team, and sharing my experiences as I get to know the families I will be following over the coming months and years.

My work is supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). See my first blog on the IFAW website:

Travel Article about Amboseli

Mon, 2011-02-07 14:15 by cmoss

See this article in the Daily Telegraph about Amboseli. Soila was interviewed.

Become an Amboseli Elephant Sustainer - easy, effective...

Mon, 2011-01-31 12:37 by hcroze · Forum/category:

If you feel strongly about the future of elephants, particularly our very special population in Amboseli and the work ATE is doing to understand and protect them, why not consider becoming an Amboseli Elephant Sustainer?

If just 1,000 of our website visitors would make a modest recurring donation, say, the price of a couple of cappuccinos, it would meet our core operating costs.

The History of the EB Family

Wed, 2011-01-26 09:06 by cmoss · Forum/category:

I first met the EBs in August 1973. I was with my colleague Harvey Croze, who helped set up the Project. At the time we were working part-time on the study based in Nairobi. On that trip we photographed several families, and among them was a female with bony shoulders who carried her head low. We found this "head-low female" again in November of that year and photographed her along with an older female who had two U-shaped tears out of her right ear. I saw these two females together several more times over the next months.

Echo DVDs Available

Wed, 2011-01-05 09:08 by cmoss

The latest film about Echo is now available through Amazon. This is the film that was made after her death. The title is "Echo: An Elephant to Remember"; it is a retrospective of her life. Another DVD produced by the BBC includes three of the earlier Echo films plus another film we did on African elephants and three or four other BBC elephant films, so this DVD called "Echo and Other Elephants" is quite a bargain. The link to the Amazon site is: