Among the Elephants Blog

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 off the understaffed school. 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. The scope of our scholarship programme goes beyond providing ...

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


Last year we featured the story 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 to Chalo, the education team ...

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April 18, 2017
A growing like for elephants
Nancy Odweyo, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


Transforming the hearts and minds of young learners is at the center of our conservation lessons. For over five years, our mobile education programme has traversed the Northern landscape preaching the love for elephants and encouraging peaceful co-existence between communities and wildlife. Our “Living in Harmony with Elephants” lessons have reached over 500 students. Gradually and steadily, we have witnessed the scale tip towards the positive in attitude and behavior of young learners ...

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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 and determination, she became...

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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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November 21, 2016
A canine unit has been established in Gonarezhou National Park as an additional tool to park management. With a sense of smell one thousand times stronger than humans the unit has been created as a rapid response to try and locate poachers before they disappear from the Park into neighboring Mozambique. Despite an annual growth rate of 6% between 1992 and 2014, the Gonarezhou elephant population have been particularly susceptible to poaching in recent years due to their large numbers,...

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November 15, 2016
Buffalos return to the Springs
Ryan Wilkie, International Intern


On our regular mammal census route through southern Buffalo Springs we came across a group of mammals that we did not expect – Buffalos. This may surprise many readers, of course there out to be buffalos in Buffalo Springs. However, the iconic animals that lend their name to the national reserve have not been sighted there for 5 years. Such is the irony of their absence that when Daud proclaimed to have spotted buffalo up ahead the rest of us took it as a joke, believing he was ...

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November 14, 2016
Before the Rains
Ryan Wilkie, International Intern


The arrival of Brunaleski and Alpine’s new calves on the 4th of November mark, respectively, the 4th and 5th new-borns to greet our Samburu research team in just over a month. This wave of newcomers to Samburu’s elephant families began with the birth of a new Royal – Mary’s baby boy – on the 28th of September, he remains as charismatic as the first day we saw him. Two weeks later news reached our ears that Pili Pili of the Spices had given birth to a baby girl. We were ...

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October 26, 2016
When the well is dry…
Ryan Wilkie, International Intern


“When the well is dry, we will know the worth of water” - Benjamin Franklin It is October and a few of the migrant and sporadic elephant families are returning to the reserve. They time their seasonal migrations to coincide with the rains and the bounty that they bring. What they have found instead is a parched landscape. Samburu is in the grips of drought. The sun beats down on the reserve, baking the red...

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October 21, 2016
The Spices’ new bundle of joy!
Nelson Mwangi, National Intern


When you are out on Long Term Monitoring (LTM) you expect to see a lot of interesting things from vultures feeding on a dead Grant’s gazelle, giraffes necking or male elephants fighting. However seeing a new life is one of the greatest and life changing experiences. Be it a new born lion cub, a giraffe calf trying to stand up or a new born elephant calf. A few days ago when we were out on LTM we spotted a large parade of about 40 elephants. In the herd was about 4 different ...

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October 19, 2016
Best CITES since 1989? The Conference of the Parties for the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES CoP17) ended in a colourful display of waving flags on the night of Tuesday 4th October. As seasoned CITES delegates from the Species Survival Network strolled out of the meeting hall, one remarked to another, “this is been the best CITES CoP for elephants since 1989!” He said, referring to the year ...

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October 18, 2016
Trading day to Save Elephants
Lydia Limbe, Media and Communications Officer


On the 14th of October 2016, the Nairobi Securities Exchange held its second annual Charity Trading Day, with Save The Elephants as the lead charity organization to benefit! Renowned Kenyan media celebrities were present to make calls to potential dealers, competing with one another on who would sell the most. In under an hour from when the actual trading started, twitter was abuzz with the trending hashtag #NSECharityTradingDay. A total of Ksh 5.8 million (57,212 ...

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September 30, 2016
Hope for the African Elephant in 2016: CITES CoP17
Resson Kantai Duff, Head of Awareness


The Conference of the Parties for the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES CoP17) began in earnest in a colourful and highly participatory opening ceremony on Saturday 24th September. To the beat of the djembe, the Save the Elephants CITES team joined all the participants to drum our support for the protection of species around the world from the ...

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