Among the Elephants Blog

January 1, 2002
My sister Dudu and I were lucky enough to be the only ones to film the complete documentary of the extraordinary and unlikely tale about the strange love a lioness had for an Oryx calf which she adopted within its first week of life. The odd pair was first reported on the 21st Dec 2001 by a driver from Larsen's lodge, Samburu who told us that the calf had still had its umbilical cord when he first saw it. We encountered the lioness and calf for the first time after they had been ...

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November 14, 2001
The Elephant Incident
by Bernard Lesowapir, Research assistant, Meru National Park


We woke up early Wednesday morning as usual to prepare for our daily fieldwork. That particular day, we were planning on returning early. We needed to buy some provisions for the next three days as we were planning to camp inside the park. We started our fieldwork along the fence towards the road number 101, a place we call the Kinna Triangle. By about 8:00am we returned to the main road, which we followed backwards until route 1. Along the way we encountered one bull called "Victor" ...

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June 18, 2001
Leslie Scott recently 'bought' the new Lotek GPS1000 collar at auction at the STE/Tusk Trust fundraising event at Sotheby's in London. Goya is the matriarch of one of the resident Samburu elephant families called the 'Artists'. She is a tall, distinguished elephant with five known calves whose youngest is a female born in 1999. Goya's herd usually consists of her calves, including her adult daughter Flaubert with her first calf also born in 1999, and 2 other adult females Rodan and ...

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March 30, 2001
We provided transport and guides for the trip, which included a visit to Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy and Meru National Museum. STE research assistants David Daballen and Sammy Lemantampash accompanied the staff and students. Teachers and students of the Lpus-Leluai School during their trip to LEWA and the National Museum on 26 March 2001 the students and teachers visited LEWA Downs Wildlife Conservancy and the Meru National Museum. The students were able to see the rare black and ...

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February 14, 2001
Elephant Poached
Save the Elephants


The carcass was found by local herdsmen who were looking for new pasture for their cattle. The elephants' tusks had been cut out with an axe and there were bullet holes in its head and shoulder. The carcass was covered with branches in an attempt to hide it. This sad occurrence shows that unfortunately poaching for ivory is still a threat to elephants, however involving the local communities in conservation efforts is helping to bring communities on side as was shown by the elders and...

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January 31, 2001
Collaring Report
Save the Elephants


January 2001 Between the 23rd - 26th January, The team consisted of myself, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Dr. Job Githaiga an ex-Kenya Wildlife Service vet who has been involved in most of our collaring operations over the last 3 years, Drs. Juliet King and Job Githaiga Henrik Rasmussen our acting field officer in Samburu, David Daballen and Sammy Lemantampash the STE Samburu research assistants, rangers from Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves and several other Samburu volunteers. ...

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October 9, 2000
Baby Elephants Die
by Elizabeth Derryberry


Princeton graduate, Elizabeth Derryberry has recently joined our team up in Samburu for a three month preliminary study in preparation for her PhD. Here are some of her field notes for October: Sadly, the first thing I have to report is two elephant deaths. Two young calves, a one-year old and about a three-year old, were found three days ago. Both appear to have been killed by lions. Several German tourists reported the carcass of the older calf to us, and when we arrived there were ...

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November 30, -0001
The Saga of Omondi
Save the Elephants


Omondi is one of the bull elephants we have been tracking in Kenya’s Maasai Mara since 2011 in partnership with the Mara Elephant Project. He was named after Patrick Omondi, the Kenya Wildlife Service stalwart who leads Kenya’s delegation to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). At the beginning of May the very threat that Patrick Omondi has devoted his life to fighting saw Omondi the elephant speared in the side. His tracks show that he moved ...

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