Among the Elephants Blog

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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May 12, 2021
A young orphaned elephant who survived the horror of her mother being killed by poachers and eventually gave birth to two calves of her own, has tragically been found dead in northern Kenya.  Shafaa (aged 21) was one of eight elephants reported to have been killed in the north over a period of just one week - highlighting just how serious human-elephant conflict has become in the area. Her death is a blow to our orphan ...

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April 22, 2021
Alongside other wildlife organizations, our Elephant Crisis Fund is a proud recipient of funds from the Tiffany 'Save The Wild' collection, which has now raised more than US$10 million. Congratulations to Tiffany & Co. on this amazing milestone! The continued support and commitment from Tiffany & Co. has enabled us to fund organizations at the frontline of elephant conservation and further protect vulnerable populations of elephants across Africa. A heartfelt thank you also to Trish...

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March 8, 2021
Counting Elephants: Modern vs. Traditional Survey Methods
By Howard Frederick, Wildlife Biologist


The idea of using satellites to count elephants has hit the news again. Unfortunately simple barriers - trees and clouds - stand in the way of getting accurate estimates of elephant numbers from space. Counting elephants and other large animals in the very large open spaces of Africa is a huge challenge. Conservationists normally use light aircraft, flying back and forth over tens of thousands of square kilometres,...

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February 2, 2021
There's an African proverb that goes...' when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers'. In May 2002, it was more than the grass that suffered after a bull named Rommel redirected his aggression towards one of our research vehicles in Samburu National Reserve. Luckily, the two researchers in the vehicle - STE's Scientific Board Chair, George Wittemyer, and his then research assistant, Daniel Lentipo - escaped unhurt. The Toyota, however, was completely...

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December 3, 2020
On the shores of Lake Jipe, which straddles the border between Kenya and Tanzania, an uneasy standoff persists—not between belligerent armies, but humans and elephants. In this area, which is on the western boundary of Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park, elephants make daily visits to the lake to eat the reeds that grow near the shore. After spending most of the day feeding, the elephants make their way inland along a route that takes them within a stone’s throw of several local villages,...

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November 2, 2020
MEET LUNA
Save the Elephants


Luna is a 19 year old female elephant who shares our home in Samburu National Park in northern Kenya.  She is a young mum. She gave birth to a baby girl in 2016. The rains are here in Samburu and Luna and her herd have been exploring the entire park, feasting on the abundance of food after a long dry spell. Luna’s life hasn’t always been rain dances and road trips. Luna...

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