Among the Elephants Blog

February 27, 2019
Giving Hope to the Vulnerable Girls in Northern Kenya
By Connie Makandi, Conservation Education Officer


Towards the end of 2018, the Education Officers at Save The Elephants, traversed through the region to identify the most needy and bright students, that lacked the financial means to enroll to high school. The interview exercise saw the team visit regions that lie within the elephant corridors and the wider elephant rangelands of Samburu and Isiolo Counties. With over 100 applications to consider for the available ...

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December 18, 2018
Digital Learning and Mentoring Elephant Scholars
By: Consolata Kithinji, Conservation Education Officer


The Elephant Scholarship Programme continues to provide opportunities for needy students from Northern Kenya to get education, beyond the basic Primary School level. This initiative has seen the programme focus on the high school and tertiary education, ensuring that our scholars get the best skills required for them to pursue productive careers and influence their communities positively. In the quest to achieve this, we provide our students with mentorship as they move through the...

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December 17, 2018
Supporting Education Institutions in Northern Kenya
By: Consolata Kithinji, Conservation Education Officer


Education in Kenya is managed by the national government, which is responsible for providing all learning resources for the primary schools. However, due to the challenges of associated with inadequate provision of the required resources, students in the highly marginalized region of northern Kenya, continue to lack most of the essential educational resources. This problem has been detrimental to the quality of education that the students receive, and the numbers of students that ...

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December 16, 2018
Field Trip to Meet the Elephant Orphans of Reteti
By George Mugera, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


Save the Elephants’ education team recently organized a field trip to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in the remote Mathews’ Range in northern Kenya for grade 8 pupils from Ngutuk Engiron Primary School.  STE has had a lasting partnership with the school where every year it conducts Living in Harmony with Elephants (LIHWE) lessons. The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, is the first community owned and run elephant sanctuary ...

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December 14, 2018
Creating Conservation Stewards For A Modern Kenya
By: George Mugera, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


Elephants need space.  Across Africa however these iconic creatures are being squeezed into smaller marginal areas as the continent’s human population rapidly expands.  In Kenya, Save the Elephants is working closely with communities, local and national government, wildlife organisations and other stakeholders to find solutions for elephant and man to co-exist in harmony. ...

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August 10, 2018
As women continue to play a critical role in conservation in Africa, one group of community-appointed wildlife ambassadors in Northern Kenya are doing their bit to help save the world’s largest land mammals, the elephant.  The Mama Tembos - a group of nine women from Samburu and Turkana are working with Save The Elephants and the Kalama community conservancy to guard wildlife and livestock corridors in Northern Kenya.  Not only is their work having a positive impact on the future ...

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June 18, 2018
You shop and Amazon donates at no cost to you.   Save The Elephants has partnered with Amazon and is now eligible to receive donations generated by Smile.Amazon.co.uk shoppers! Amazon Smile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchase to a charity of your choice. It’s a simple, automatic way for you to continue supporting your favourite charity from anywhere in the world! By making this seamless switch to AmazonSmile, you’ll be doing your bit ...

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May 28, 2018
It “Musth” Be Love
Monica Sandri, International Intern


The Long-term Monitoring Team here at Save the Elephants has been observing a lot of breeding behavior in Samburu over the past few weeks. Dozens of large males have come into what we call “musth,” a state in which a male elephant’s body and behavior changes and functions to increase sexual activity. But what exactly is musth, and how does one distinguish a musth male versus a non-musth male? Like many other mammals, cycles in reproduction involve change in...

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May 18, 2018
The team at Save the Elephants’ research centre in northern Kenya got the surprise of their life when a lost baby elephant walked into the middle of their camp recently. The team are used to monitoring and occasionally rescuing wild elephants in the field but this was the first time an elephant had ever approached them for help! The 300kg baby’s unannounced visit came just thirty minutes after a nearby tourist facility, Samburu Lodge, reported seeing a...

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May 16, 2018
Our Samburu team were given an unusual challenge recently when they went in search of a camera-shy collared bull elephant named Tony in Northern Kenya.  For the past two years, we’ve been trying to get new photos of Tony for our elephant ID database, but he’s evaded our efforts every time. Our long term monitoring research requires individual photographs of each elephant that enters Samburu National Reserve. Individual elephants can be identified by differences in their tusks and...

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May 14, 2018
Experiencing the Jumbo moment...
Monica Sandri, International Intern


There is nothing quite like seeing wild elephants for the first time. No matter where you come from or what age you are, elephants can inspire people from all walks of life. For myself, I had never seen a wild elephant before this week and was eager to spot one on my first day in Samburu as the new Save the Elephants intern. Clinging to the interior of a bouncing Landcruiser, I peered hard over the landscape, hoping to spot flapping ears and busy trunks. It’s ...

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May 9, 2018
Nurturing Conservation Leaders in Northern Kenya
By Consolata Kithinji, Education Officer


As Save The Elephants works towards building a tolerant relationship between man and elephants, our Elephant Scholarship Programme is furthering this mission by providing students with an opportunity to change their lives. Since its inception almost 18 years ago, the programme has grown from strength to strength and recently celebrated its highest number of scholars (16) for its 2018 intake. Educating bright children living on the fringes of ...

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April 27, 2018
Rainy Season in Samburu
Lynn Kanga, National Intern


‘Wow! Samburu is so green!’ I remember thinking on the morning after my arrival at the Save the Elephants research camp found inside Samburu National Reserve. ‘You are lucky to be here at this time. It’s a paradise’, said Davido, the assistant researcher for Long Term Monitoring as we went on my very first LTM adventure. I couldn’t agree more.  A normally dry and dusty Samburu is now green and lush. Plants and animals in the reserve are now flourishing. You see, this is Kenya’s...

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April 25, 2018
From France to Samburu: How one young student got to meet her donor
Consolata Kithinji, Conservation Education Officer


As Save The Elephants works towards building a tolerant relationship between man and elephants, the STE/Elephant Watch Safaris Elephant Scholarship Programme is furthering this mission by providing students with an opportunity to change lives. In 2016, we admitted the fourteen year old who hails from Isiolo, Naima Mohamed into the programme after she had performed so well in her final primary school examinations. From the way ...

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April 24, 2018
Creating green islands in schools
Nancy Odweyo, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


Since its launch in 2016, the Save The Elephants Wildlife Clubs has grown from strength to strength. At present, we have more than 300 active members across 11 schools with a myriad of conservation activities achieved.  In tandem with our mobile lessons, these clubs continue to serve as ideal platforms to widen our reach and spread the conservation message to an even more diverse audience. In the wake of prolonged drought spells, erratic ...

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