Among the Elephants Blog

April 30, 2008
 A brief summary of recordings in Samburu on the Long Term Monitoring for the month of Apr 2008 Total monthly rainfall: 236mm Number of Days Spent Monitoring: 16 days Total Number of Individuals Recorded: 393 Total Number Bulls: 4 Total Number Cows/Calves: 389 Proportion (%) Recorded Last Month: 51% Number of Mature Bulls: 4 Number of New Calves: 4 Number of Estrus Females: 2 Number of Deaths: Nil ...

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March 28, 2008
Ilgwezi Cattle Collaring: Cattle tagging was an idea that was flown around by Iain sometimes back, to see how cattle or livestock in general can interact with wildlife particularly elephants who seem to be having wide and far ranges. March 11, after the entire plan was finalized with main parties, STE Iain DH) Lewa (Iain Craig) and Henrik who makes collar’s. I met up with Henrik in Lewa so that we can go ahead and deploy this collars both in Ilgwezi and Tasia area. ...

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February 29, 2008
Samburu Long Term Monitoring Monthly Report Feb 2008
by David Daballen, STE Field Leader


A brief summary of recordings in Samburu on our Long Term Monitoring for the month of February 2008. Total monthly rainfall Nil. Number of Days Spent Monitoring: 16 days. Total Number of Individuals Recorded: 284 Total Number Bulls: 8. Total Number Cows/Calves: 276. Proportion (%) Recorded Last Month: Number of Mature Bulls: 7. Number of New Calves: 3. Number of Estrus Females: none observed. Number of Deaths: 2. Recorded Births: Nil. Deaths: two. Musth: Three ...

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November 30, 2006
STE Annual Report 2006
Save the Elephants


Threats to the continued existence of elephants shift over the years. The syndrome of “too many elephants” in parks and reserves, described in the 60s, gave way to devastating ivory poaching in the 70s and 80s, until the trade was banned. In the 90s, and up till now, a massive human elephant conflict is perceived, where expanding people come face to face with elephants in former elephant territory, but the older threats are still there in the background. In this increasingly human...

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November 10, 2006
On a number of occasions Save the Elephants has been sharing its expertise and training visiting researchers. For example, we assisted Hemma from Sehal in West Africa and Steve and Michelle from South Africa to set up an individual identification system for elephants in their areas. Another such researcher, an Ethiopian called Yirmed Demeke, wrote to Iain Douglas-Hamilton seeking to learn more about tracking elephants using GPS collars. In consequence, two weeks ago we received a visit from ...

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October 5, 2006
A Conservation Group from Thailand
Caroline Mullins and David Daballen


Save the Elephants has hosted many visiting research groups in its Samburu camp from different parts of Kenya, and sometimes from further a field like South Africa, or even Sri Lanka and North America. These teams of researchers and government ambassadors come to discuss many conservation issues and view the work we do here; a great exchange of information is always possible on such occasions. On Wednesday 4th October, a group of six researchers arrived in a white tourist minivan, ...

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September 26, 2006
Save the elephants long term monitoring team normally goes out in the field almost every-other day. On 26-Sep-06 we received a report from Kenya Wildlife Services, who are based in a nearby complex that a female elephant had given birth to twins in Shaba National Reserve, which is situated to the East of Samburu Reserve; unfortunately neither of the calves had survived. In order to verify the report, David and his team left to visit the scene at around 9:30, with the aim of checking ...

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September 19, 2006
Anastasia and Grace...
Caroline Mullins and David Daballen


Today we saw one of those elephant behaviours which make us wonder what is going on in the heads of these complex, conscious beings. The Royals are the largest family unit of elephants we have identified within Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba Reserves. They are very well known to the researchers because they spend most of their time in the Reserves, and we have now had three different collars getting GPS data from the family as well. We were tracking this family to the West of the ...

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August 25, 2006
In July this year, EarthWatch Institute (Europe) offered Save the Elephants a fully-funded place on one of its projects, Elephants of the Red Volta in Ghana-African capacity building programme. The Project aims to provide information to conserve the fauna and flora of the Red Volta River Valley through a Community Collaborative Reserve, with special emphasis on reversing the decline in a small population of migratory elephants in the area where Ghana meets Burkina Faso and Togo. STE nominated...

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August 17, 2006
At the 26th ESRI User Conference 2006, Save the Elephants was awarded The Special Achievement in GIS Award by Jack Dangermond. During the award presentation, Jack the President and founder of ESRI hailed Save the Elephants for the highly successful GIS program in Kenya, noting that is amongst the best success stories in conservation. In particular he hailed the demo by Save the Elephants on tracking elephants in Northern Kenya. Prior to receiving the Award, Festus Ihwagi attended a ...

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August 2, 2006
Mohammad Sime was a young man of the Borana tribe who lived in Isiolo. He earned his living selling bracelets and other jewellery to the tourists at the Buffalo Springs airstrip. In this way, he was well known to Iain and Oria, who often use this airstrip. He was always friendly and eager to help whenever possible. We remember him particularly well from one incident involving a long flight over Mount Kenya and Laikipia. Being a friend who was always interesting in the work of Save the...

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August 2, 2006
The Story of Dorobo
by David Daballen, Caroline Mullins and Emma Knott


A year ago George Wittemyer reported a new elephant and her family sighted within Buffalo Springs National Reserve, the first time this had happened in six years. George made a careful analysis of the age structure of Dorobo and the six calves, and came to the conclusion that they were the remnants of a family that must have contained at least two more breeding females. Evidently, she had come from an area where elephants suffered high mortality. The other adults were probably killed ...

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March 28, 2006
I came out here towards the end of January and have been busy with finalising all the student selections and getting them off to school. A lot of interesting things have happened up here in Samburu. Please read on... Students - Nine (9) kids went off to school, and 2 primary kids – Litus and Samuel are finally in school (These are the boys that were attacked by an elephant in the Samburu National Reserve). Litus emerged from looking after his mbuzis (goats) and was very excited to ...

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February 14, 2006
An intimate Valentine's dinner and concert benefitting Save the Elephants was held in Seattle... On 14th February 2006, Jazz musician Kenny G & actor Pierce Brosnan came together and held a "Save the Elephants" Valentine's Day benefit whose proceeds went to the Save the Elephants Trust. Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Founder, Save the Elephants attended the benefit and said it was "just sensational". The charity benefit was a huge success and we are extremely grateful to Kenny...

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December 20, 2005
Veterinary Report On The Immobilization of Elephants in Marsabit
by Zahoor Kashmiri and Henrik Barner Rasmussen


Considering the terrain and ground cover by forest and the road structure it was decided that the most practical and possible way to dart the animal in this area was on foot.The elephants were located either by car, air or through information from local people. Once the animal was located it was approached within few hundred metre by car then on foot and the working group was split into advance party which comprised of Henrik, myself and a ranger with a gun and the second group stayed about ...

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