Among the Elephants Blog

November 20, 2017
As the African landscape changes, the need to discover where elephants travel and how the expansion of new infrastructure could impact their movement and their lives is more urgent than ever. Understanding elephants as individuals, mapping their movements and studying their family history not only provides us with valuable insight into their behavior, but is crucial to their survival. One such individual, an adventurous thirteen year old elephant we are tracking named Orchid from the ...

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October 24, 2017
Of integrative modules & citizen science
By Nancy Odweyo, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


For months, the education team under the guidance of Resson, Head of Awareness has been hard at work restructuring the conservation education curriculum dubbed Living in Harmony with Elephants (LIHWE). Save The Elephants first developed the manual in partnership with educators from Disney Animal Kingdom at the height of the poaching crisis in 2012. Over the years, the four-part manual has helped change attitudes, shape behavior and increase knowledge of wildlife conservation...

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October 23, 2017
Dreams of getting Higher Education become a reality
By Connie Makandi, Conservation Education Officer


Since its inception in 2001, the Save the Elephants and Elephant Watch Safaris (STE/EWS) Scholarship Program has enabled over 150 students to get high school education. Among these students, over 99% have successfully graduated from high school and joined various institutions of higher learning before serving their communities in various capacities. Even in the quest to give them a bright future, the Elephant Scholarship Programme has not been in a position to support them all to ...

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October 20, 2017
The Journey Of The Youngest Elephant Scholar
By Connie Makandi, Conservation Education Officer


It has been a year since the witty Jackson Lembei had an unfortunate incident, where an elephant attacked him when he was out in the field herding his uncle’s goats. This unfortunate accident left Jackson with a broken arm, a slight head injury and what became a turning point in his life. It was the end of his life as a herd’s boy and the beginning of another as an elephant scholar. The life of a herd’s boy is as adventurous as it is risk-bound especially ...

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October 18, 2017
Teacher extraordinaire
By Nancy Odweyo, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


Meet Mr. Ambrose Lekoitip, a head teacher at Sereolipi Primary School and a long-term friend of STE’s Education Programme. For over a decade, Ambrose has worked hand in hand with STE to nurture students into well-rounded members of the society. In the many years he has taught, Ambrose has mentored and helped shape the lives of countless students including our very own elephant researcher, Jerenimo Lepirei. In addition to acting as an anchor and inspiration to over 400 students at ...

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August 2, 2017
Last week during a routine aerial survey into remote Northern Kenya, the Save The Elephants team made a surprising discovery. About three hours into the flight, near the border of Oldonyiro and Laikipia, we came across a group of collared elephants that had marched over 100 miles in just three days in search of food and water. If this wasn’t remarkable enough, near the group was a long lost matriarch - the one-tusked Ottoman. After a year and a half without seeing her, we’d given ...

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May 17, 2017
Loss of a matriarch
Jane Wynyard, Interim PR & Comms Consultant


It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of one of our most beloved and well known wild elephants, a gentle and extremely intelligent matriarch called Generosity (35) who was the leader of one of the Virtues sub-families and a mother to a four year old calf.  She was found lying on her side in a remote part of the Samburu National Reserve in a pitiful state, yesterday morning struggling to breath and unable to get up.  On close inspection it ...

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May 5, 2017
Drought effects in Samburu
Resson Kantai Duff, Head of Awareness


As the world marches for Climate, we in Samburu are all too aware of the effects of climate change on the wilds of the North. This time seven years ago, super herds of elephants gathered as a great flood hit Samburu, wrecking havoc on our research centre. Today, we see only a smattering of showers. It has been a tough time for all, including our elephant families in Samburu. With little rain, livestock and wildlife are scrambling for the last grass.  The National Reserve was not ...

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April 28, 2017
Photographic memories of wild Samburu
Resson Kantai Duff, Head of Awareness


They stalked leopards, snuck up on elephants and set up camp at anthills, all in an effort to capture the best wild moments on camera. 23 wide eyed children from six schools surrounding the Samburu National Reserve were fully immersed in their world in a whole new way when they underwent extensive photography training, in the comfort of their backyards this April. The three day event, complete with several pre-training sessions, was carried out by professional ...

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April 19, 2017
Giving back to the community
Nancy Odweyo, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


Elephant Scholar, Martin Duncan together with his fellow scholar, Melissa are at a local primary school in Samburu where they are helping ease the workload of the understaffed school, where the average teacher student ratio is 1:70. Duncan and Melissa sat their national exams in 2016 under the auspices of Save the Elephants. Both are now part of the growing number of graduates who have benefited from the Elephant Scholarship Programme across four counties in the North. ...

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April 18, 2017
Rise of young eco-warriors
Nancy Odweyo, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


Last year we featured the story of Chalo Juma, a 10-year-old Samburu boy who, while herding his father’s goats, accidentally unearthed a sizeable piece of ivory. As he was not attending school at the time, Chalo’s friends informed him of STE’s conservation lessons in their school and referred him to Daud, our Field Education Officer. Both Daud and Chalo visited the Kenya Wildlife Service Samburu station where he handed the ivory to an official. Prior...

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April 17, 2017
Of renewed hopes and dreams
Nancy Odweyo, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


We first met fifteen-year-old Agostinella Ninna in December 2016 while conducting our annual scholarship interviews in Samburu. Unlike most participants who lived a few minutes from the interview station, Agostinella had travelled 130 kilometers from a small village in Ol Donyiro. At a very young age, Agostinella was sent to live with her aunt to ease the financial burden off her single mother who was struggling to feed her large family. Through hard work ...

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February 28, 2017
Around 2 years ago, the idea of opening the northern part of the country as part of the government’s 2030 vision was becoming a reality (lappset). Construction of the high-speed railway, oil pipeline and dual carriage highway were underway. Conservation organisations aren’t against this development, however, it needs to be considered how to be approached in terms of conserving wildlife. Action needs to be taken to ensure that wildlife, especially elephants, will still be able to ...

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November 24, 2016
The only fair way for an elephant to die is through natural causes, and for the last 23 years, Save the Elephants has committed to protect and create a sustainable future for the African elephant. Even in the face of human greed and massive development projects such as super highways, high-speed railways and ever expanding townships.  This enormous task is made possible only through the generous support of individuals, foundations and companies like Real ...

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November 23, 2016
Governments around the world should act quickly and save vulnerable species before it is too late as those species are being killed at a horrifying rate.  This was the dire warning delivered by Prince William of Britain when he addressed the Hanoi-Vietnam Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) that was held on 17th and 18th November 2016. The Hanoi-Vietnam conference was the third after the London and Kasane-Bostwana conference on ...

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