Among the Elephants Blog

May 13, 2022
Former STE intern, Meha Kumar, shares one of her special encounters with elephants in Samburu National Reserve and gives us a glimpse into some of the discoveries she made during her internship. There they were, the Hardwoods family, a group of 43 elephants in the shallow waters of the Ewaso Nyiro river, cooling off, mucking around in the mud and drinking. [caption id="attachment_11194" align="aligncenter" width="984"]...

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May 5, 2022
Our founder, Iain Douglas-Hamilton (pictured above), recently had a ‘Rip Van Winkle’ moment when he came back after forty years’ absence to a very changed world in the northern Uganda elephant range. In 2021, the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), working with community conservancies in West Pokot, received reports of elephant movement between Uganda and Kenya. It had been rumoured that elephants from Uganda’s Kidepo National Park migrated into parts of Sudan and Kenya, but no ...

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May 5, 2022
Bull’s journey confirms elephants returning to the north
Dr Giacomo D'Ammando, Samburu Research Manager


A massive, adult collared elephant bull named Puran has amazed our researchers by blazing a trail across a vast desert landscape in remote northern Kenya, showing once again how elephants are expanding their range northwards into areas from which they haven’t been seen in decades.  For a whole year prior, Puran had barely left his favourite stomping ground of South Horr valley, where he’d made unremarkable journeys up and down the slopes of the ...

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April 29, 2022
Have you  heard the famous quote by Thomas Schmidt, “No one in the world needs an elephant tusk but an elephant?”   Here’s why! Elephant tusks are enormous front teeth that keep growing throughout an elephant’s life. Apart from lifting things and being a tool for defense, elephants use their tusks to strip the bark off trees, enabling other smaller wildlife to ...

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April 22, 2022
Former STE intern, Meha Kumar, joined our education team during their conservation education lessons across schools in northern Kenya. Here she shares her experiences. There’s an African proverb that goes “If you educate a man, you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.”   Save the Elephants (STE) not only works to secure a ...

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April 7, 2022
Gone but not forgotten - a tribute to Wide Satao
Lydia Tiller, Save the Elephants


Image: Great tusker, Wide Satao (centre), with other bulls in Tsavo East National Park © Christine Mwende / Tsavo Trust Last December, Kenya lost an iconic great tusker called Wide Satao. Wide Satao died of natural causes that were most likely accelerated by the extended drought that ravaged through the Tsavo ecosystem last year. Wide Satao’s death was felt by many including Save the Elephant’s Research and Science...

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November 9, 2021
At Save the Elephants’ (STE) research camp in northern Kenya, scientists are gaining insight into the lives of wild elephants by tracking them day and night using novel real-time technology. STE WildTracks (formerly known as  the STE Tracking App), was built on decades of tracking wild African elephants, and is changing the way researchers and conservationists protect these charismatic animals.  Drawing data ...

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October 11, 2021
MEET JACINTER, a strong, hard-working, single mother-of-three, farmer and inspiration to her community. She lives in a village bordering Tsavo East National Park, where a cluster of subsistence farms have long been threatened by crop-raiding elephants. Jacinter came to work with the Elephants and Bees Project at Save the Elephants in September 2016. She helped to develop a flourishing permaculture garden for the Kileva Primary school, right next to the Human-Elephant Coexistence ...

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September 29, 2021
This once-shy twenty-year-old elephant scholar has just accomplished a series of remarkable firsts - the first in her family to complete high school, the first to go to university and the first girl from her community to study the fast-evolving field of geo-information technology. AND SHE’ S ACHIEVED ALL THIS against a backdrop of poverty, hardship and ill health - all thanks to kind hearted people such as you. Habiba grew up in a traditional, male-dominated...

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August 7, 2021
With elephant poaching reducing across much of Africa, elephant populations are starting to recover and expand their range. Sadly, this often means they come into conflict with humans. In northern Kenya, a series of recent elephant deaths has highlighted the gravity of human-elephant conflict (HEC) in the area. Over the past couple of months, elephants have become victims of retaliatory killings and are being shot ...

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August 4, 2021
Counting to Conserve
By Save the Elephants’ Trustee, Miles Geldard


How to survey wildlife from the air In June, myself and Save the Elephants’ aviation co-ordinator, Paul Kokiro, flew the organisation’s Cessna 206 aircraft for ten days in support of the Kenyan government’s national wildlife census – “Count to Conserve”. I am a qualified pilot with 600 hours of flying experience, while Paul has more than 150 hours’ flying experience. [caption id="attachment_10027" align="alignnone" width="984"]...

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July 15, 2021
Lomami National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is home to a population of just over 700 forest elephants. In 1970, the Democratic Republic of Congo was home to nearly 300,000 forest elephants. Today there are perhaps fewer than 10,000  - the rest killed by heavily armed militia groups or gangs of poachers for their ivory.  The Elephant Crisis Fund has been supporting anti-poaching work in Lomami since 2014. In 2019 it started funding a new unique type of ...

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July 8, 2021
Understanding the magnificent, intelligent, and highly endangered forest elephant Whenever African elephants are mentioned, it is understandably the savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana) that receives all the headlines. Ask any child in the world and they would probably be able to identify one from a line-up. I doubt many of these children, let alone most adults, are aware that there are two different species which inhabit the African continent.  ...

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May 17, 2021
Young people have the power to change the future of our planet. It is therefore imperative that they understand how changes in Mother Nature affect their current and future livelihoods. Save the Elephants’ (STE) education program endeavors to inspire and nurture environmental stewards while teaching conservation skills in Samburu. In 2020, STE alongside pupils of our partner, Lorubae Primary, began a kitchen garden farming project in the school. Samburu is very arid and therefore ...

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May 17, 2021
Empowering young girls in northern Kenya
Rose Lempate & George Mugera


In Samburu, northern Kenya, menstruation amongst adolescent girls is an expensive affair which many cannot afford. Lack of money for sanitary towels means that some girls still resort to unhygienic and ineffective cultural practices. During their menses, girls opt to stay out of school because of fear, shame, and a sense of low self-dignity.  As part of our quest to support the education and welfare of girls in northern Kenya, STE’s education team in partnership with Padmad Kenya, ...

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