Among the Elephants Blog

September 27, 2016
The sun was hot and unforgiving when we started the 17 kilometre walk for elephants in Samburu, Northern Kenya. Primary and secondary school pupils had turned up, their energy and zeal energising the adults who’d shown up in large numbers for the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. Organised by Save The Elephants (STE) as part of the global movement, the Samburu edition must have been one of the hottest! The ...

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September 21, 2016
Wildlife and Climate Change
Nelson Mwangi, National Intern


There is a strong link between global warming and the distribution and survival of animal and plant species. Droughts and floods have the ability of wiping out entire populations of animals and spreading alien species to various areas and ecosystems. Climate change education is very minimal in the Kenyan syllabus. With this in mind STE interns have been involved in the organization's education program over the past two months teaching kids about climate change in the simplest terms. ...

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September 21, 2016
Of Mothers and Their Calves
Nelson Mwangi, National Intern


This is Willow and her daughter, she is the newest addition to the Hardwoods family. She is always by her mother’s side. Whenever she is stuck in mud in the many swamps in Samburu and Buffalo springs national reserves, Willow is always there to her rescue pushing her up the muddy banks to safety. The trunk is her tool in keeping her calf closer, always reaching out to her sides to make sure she is right there next to her. And after hours of fooling around and playing ...

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September 21, 2016
Elephants as keystone species:
Nelson Mwangi, National Intern


Elephants are the real Kings of the African Savanna. Yes, they have no natural predator but that is not what makes them King. Elephants shape the landscape by uprooting and felling trees. Without this the African savanna would be a forest or worse, a desert. They are also very good at finding water especially during the drought and help in the survival of many more species, large and small. Elephant dung serves as a home for many ground insects. The dung beetle uses it as ...

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September 9, 2016
In September Save the Elephants launched a global social media campaign to raise money for the Elephant Crisis Fund called #KnotOnMyPlanet.  We co-founded the Elephant Crisis Fund with the Wildlife Conservation Network to support the most innovative and urgent actions by a coalition of organisations dedicated to ending elephant poaching. To date we've supported 40 partners in more than 100 projects and have had some great successes, but ...

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September 6, 2016
Some of fashion's biggest names and brands have coming together in what is one of the biggest social media campaigns of the year, which launched on September 9th! We've got the wonderful folk at Glamour behind it and out front leading the charge is supermodel Doutzen Kroes, who visited us in Northern Kenya at the beginning of the year and got the ball rolling... watch the video below! ...

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August 25, 2016
While there are some early signs of hope for the future of Africa’s elephants, they are still facing a crisis. The high price of ivory continues to attract the attention of organized crime syndicates, inciting corruption and poaching that are driving declines in elephant populations across large swathes of Africa. The Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF) is dedicated to ending this crisis. The ECF supports projects across Africa and in ivory consuming countries which aim...

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August 21, 2016
Born around 1971, Matt has been known to Save the Elephants (STE) researchers since the early years of our Samburu Elephant project. Back then he was among the youngest of the mature bulls. Today he is one of the oldest and largest elephants left in Northern Kenya. Easy to distinguish from other elephants, Matt’s size and spectacular, long tusks - one broken, the other long and thick curving inward – is unmatched.STE first started tracking Matt with a collar in 2002.Back then he ...

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August 11, 2016
Save The Elephants' 2016 limited edition T-Shirt series is out! Following the runaway success of the 2014 and 2015 designs we've had lots of enquires about this year's version, so here it is. Don't miss out!This one we've named 'Make Way for Elephants'. It was launched on August 8th in time for World Elephant Day and the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (thanks to artist Souji Terada and For Love of All Things). This one-off design is only on sale until August21st, so make sure ...

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August 4, 2016
Broken Ear Club
By Jenna Parker, Ph.D. Researcher, Save the Elephants - Samburu


Floppy-eared Frida of the Artists 2 family is an orphan who will always have a special place in my heart. Frida’s mother died during treatment for a bullet wound when she was only 6 years old. Perhaps it was her very broken left ear, draped against her face that first drew my attention. Or maybe it was how she kept company with another orphan in her family named ...

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August 2, 2016
A Bright Spot Deep in the ForestDeep in the Congo forest, one small organization has taken a stand against poaching. The Lukuru Foundation has been working for the past 10 years in one of the remotest, most biodiverse regions, with help of some elements of the Congolese military. Their recent efforts to halt the rampant poaching crisis prevalent in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) culminated in April with the dramatic, open-air trial of rogue Congolese forces ...

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July 15, 2016
Communities vow to end illegal killings of elephants
David Dabllen, Head of Field Operations


Since the beginning of this year, there have been reports of a rise in the illegal killing of elephants on the East of Matthews Ranges. These killings have been a worrying issue to the stakeholders operating along that area; Save The Elephants, Northern Rangelands Trust and Kenya Wildlife among others. A number of internal community meetings have been held by Namunyak Conservancy in the area to try and stop the illegal killings but elephant killing continues. Namunyak Conservancy and Northern...

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July 12, 2016
Matriarchs:Elephants are well-known for their close family ties and social complexity with no individual having more of an impact on the family than the matriarch. Often the oldest and largest adult female in the family, the matriarch is the core of elephant society shaping the daily lives of family members. They provide the knowledge, from their surroundings, to safe migratory routes, water availability, threats from predators and other vital information. All of which...

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July 6, 2016
Armed with a simple yet trendy t-shirt design, a group of five young entrepreneurs with a mission to produce good clothes for a good cause took the online clothing world to a new level in early 2015. This month, STE is revved up and preparing for their arrival in just a few weeks time!The group: Ivory Ella; you may have come across them online. They are a U.S brand that seeks to inspire, guide and ...

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June 30, 2016
Dogs are playing an ever-increasing role in the desperate struggle to curb poaching in Africa in both anti-poaching and anti-trafficking realms. Richard Bonham states “even if the poachers are not ambushed or stopped before the crime, they will almost definitely be caught with dogs after the crime. They cannot get away”.Traditionally German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Weimarana’s are the ideal choice for tracker dogs but Invictus K9 working with the Conservation Lower Zambezi...

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