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August 2, 2017
Last week during a routine aerial survey into remote Northern Kenya, the Save The Elephants team made a surprising discovery. About three hours into the flight, near the border of Oldonyiro and Laikipia, we came across a group of collared elephants that had marched over 100 miles in just three days in search of food and water. If this wasn’t remarkable enough, near the group was a long lost matriarch - the one-tusked Ottoman. After a year and a half without seeing her, we’d given ...

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May 17, 2017
Loss of a matriarch
Jane Wynyard, Interim PR & Comms Consultant


It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of one of our most beloved and well known wild elephants, a gentle and extremely intelligent matriarch called Generosity (35) who was the leader of one of the Virtues sub-families and a mother to a four year old calf.  She was found lying on her side in a remote part of the Samburu National Reserve in a pitiful state, yesterday morning struggling to breath and unable to get up.  On close inspection it ...

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May 5, 2017
Drought effects in Samburu
Resson Kantai Duff, Head of Awareness


As the world marches for Climate, we in Samburu are all too aware of the effects of climate change on the wilds of the North. This time seven years ago, super herds of elephants gathered as a great flood hit Samburu, wrecking havoc on our research centre. Today, we see only a smattering of showers. It has been a tough time for all, including our elephant families in Samburu. With little rain, livestock and wildlife are scrambling for the last grass.  The National Reserve was not ...

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April 28, 2017
Photographic memories of wild Samburu
Resson Kantai Duff, Head of Awareness


They stalked leopards, snuck up on elephants and set up camp at anthills, all in an effort to capture the best wild moments on camera. 23 wide eyed children from six schools surrounding the Samburu National Reserve were fully immersed in their world in a whole new way when they underwent extensive photography training, in the comfort of their backyards this April. The three day event, complete with several pre-training sessions, was carried out by professional ...

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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 of the understaffed school, where the average teacher student ratio is 1:70. 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. ...

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


Last year we featured the story of 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...

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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 ...

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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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