Among the Elephants Blog

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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July 11, 2005
The most interesting bit of news is regarding a new family identified in Buffalo Springs. We have occasionally come across unknown, very wild groups on the southern border or outside the Buffalo boundary. It has been over 6 years, however, since we have had a new family move into the reserve and use the protected area for an extended period. The newly identified family contains a single breeding female and five immature individuals. The ages of the calves indicate that at least 2 of ...

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June 10, 2005
Wilderness First Aid Training
Njoki Kibanya, Nairobi


31st May - 2nd June 2005 On Monday 30th May 2005, David Gachuche, Benard Lesowapir and I drove to Samburu to attend a Wilderness First Aid Course which was conducted by Nick Miller of Rift Valley Adventure. Other people also attending the course included: From STE - Shivani Bhalla, Gilbert Sabinga, Chris Leadismo, and Wilson Lepuko. From Elephant Watch Safaris - Sumaro Lecharkole, Simeon Losokon, Philip Leleliit, Bernard Lesirin, Chris Letur. From Samburu Natioinal Reserve and Buffalo...

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May 30, 2005
The Recovery of Columbus' Collar
by Shivani Bhalla, Samburu


Columbus was fitted with a Lotek 2000 collar on the 7th of November 2003. He was last seen by the Save the Elephant's long term monitoring team on the 12th of Dec 2003 in Samburu National Reserve (SNR) - a month after the collar was fitted. In April 2005 Columbus needed to be located, and his collar replaced with a GSM collar. On the 26th of April, Iain flew around the area to try and pick up a signal for Columbus among other elephants that were targeted for a week long ...

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April 4, 2005
Education Programme
by Shivani Bhalla


Education Party 2005 We held our first Annual Education Party on Saturday the 26th of March. A few students started arriving a couple of days prior to the party and assisted with the arrangements. Schools closed on the 23rd and 24th of March before the Easter weekend. We were thrilled to have 13 students attend our party. Unfortunately, 3 were unable to attend. Daniel and I gave them presentations on the work that is being carried out at STE. They observed how elephants are tracked ...

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October 10, 2003
The Death of Eleanor
by Shivani Bhalla


Eleanor one of our elephants collapsed and on 11th October 2003, she died. Below is an eyewitness story by one of our researchers. On the 10th of October 2003, the Save the Elephants research team in Samburu were informed by the rangers that an elephant was unwell near the Wire Bridge area and that it had fallen. The team rushed over to the area, to find that the female was still standing but had apparently broken her tusk during previous falls and her right ear seemed damaged. Her ...

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September 22, 2003
5Y AOT Crash!
by Oria Douglas-Hamilton


Our most loved plane Alpha Oscar Tango, a Cessna 185, crashed in Samburu on Sept. 11th at 6:15pm when it hit a zebra on landing. Iain and his researcher David Daballen managed to scramble out of the windows and both got away with some minor cuts and bruises. Everything happened so fast, but as Iain was flying back from Mount Kenya where he had been searching for "Mountain Bull" (who roams the forests on the eastern slopes) he suddenly saw a zebra flash past him on touch down and then ...

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August 25, 2003
August Internship 2003
Save the Elephants


It was very successful and more recently, we invited two other students to our research centre. We welcomed two girls, Halima and Patina to STE in August. They were both incredibly keen to learn more about our work and were thrilled when they heard that they had been accepted to come and spend two weeks with us in Samburu. Both girls come from Archers Post, a nearby town. Daniel Lentipo, STE Community Program Officer, briefed them about camp regulations upon their arrival. He provided...

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July 14, 2003
We also take the local villagers around the reserves and give lectures to school children. Our main aim is to increase conservation awareness amonsgt the local people and school children. St Teresa's Girls High School, located in Wamba, is one of our regular visitors to our research centre in Samburu. Saba Douglas-Hamilton, Trustee STE and David Daballen talk to the school children During their visit to Samburu Reserve, they normally stop by the research centre for a talk on elephants. ...

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July 14, 2003
In order to retrieve the already stored data from the GPS 2000 collars, the elephant has to be darted to get the collar off. Thirdly, 4 elephants have GPS 1000 collars. To retrieve the data off these collars, we approach the elephant within close range after a strong signal of the collar is found. The information is then downloaded on to a computer. Fourthly, the Televilt collars are programmed to report at specific days of the week and at a certain time. These collars are more ...

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June 30, 2003
Progress Report: June 2003
by Onesmas Kahindi


STE Field Officer The mortality survey involves recording elephant carcasses since 1997 by visiting and making detailed a MIKE report for each. Carcasses are found by perusing through documents and records at KWS Stations, written messages from the private and community conservancies, elders, women, warriors and children. Together with a field assistant and the local guides, we travel either by foot or vehicle to find the carcass. Each skeleton is photographed and assessed to ...

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April 30, 2003
2003 April Interns
Save the Elephants


This includes taking our mobile video unit out to local schools, villagers around the reserve, and the entire Rangers community. This is done in conjunction with elephant research which is our core program. In mid April we invited two girls for our interns program. The two girls come from within our operation area; a village called Kiltamany and Archers Post. They were chosen from a large number of various students and other interested people in the area who had applied. Rosemary ...

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April 30, 2003
Marsabit Report
Save the Elephants


It is an oasis in the middle of a desert and is surrounded by the great northern deserts of Kenya, causing it to be isolated from other elephant habitats. For this reason, the genetics of this isolated population should prove to be very interesting. David Daballen, Henrik Rasmussen, and George Wittemyer, experienced researchers working in Samburu National Reserve, were required to collect DNA from at least 30 elephants from the relatively isolated Marsabit volcano. Our first day took ...

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March 28, 2003
Community Educational Tour
by David Daballen, Senior Research Assistant


North of Samburu National reserve lies Kalama conservancy. Far north is Namunyak wildlife conservancy. These two conservancies are owned by the communities and are shared with wild animals. The communities are responding more positively to the idea of conservation, and we can now see more and more of them attending wildlife seminars and courses to open more place to wild animals. This is so especially with people living north of Matthews Ranges who still have a lot of land to share. ...

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