Among the Elephants Blog

April 20, 2018
Samburu Baby Ellie Boom!
Lynn Kanga, National Intern


When I go out for Long Term Monitoring one thing I always looking forward to is seeing the baby elephants. They are mesmerizing to watch. They can seem even silly and clumsy at times-like how the very young calves, one or two months old, drink water. They submerge their entire head inside the water to drink with their mouth, raising the trunk above water to breathe. One would think that it’s all fun and games but it’s because they don’t know how to use their trunks to drink yet. I also ...

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April 20, 2018
Living with Wildlife
Nancy Odweyo, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


In January this year, our Field Education Officer, Daud Abdi made his maiden overseas voyage from Kenya after being invited to participate in a conservation and training programme in Namibia.    Daud, who is based in our research camp in the heart of Samburu, Northern Kenya, was among more than 200 wildlife managers, conservation policy leaders, and students and academics, to attend 2018 Pathways Africa in Windhoek. ...

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April 18, 2018
A dangerous crossing!
George Mugera, Education intern


The Samburu National reserve has received an incredible amount of  rainfall over the past few weeks. As a result the park is lush with green pastures which has been a great relief to elephants and other wildlife. The Ewaso Ny’iro River, which is the lifeline for both wildlife and the Samburu people, has been constantly overflowing, often breaking its banks, and the heavy currents have made it tricky...

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April 9, 2018
Corridors project off to a great start
David Daballen, Head of Field Operations


A community project supported by Save The Elephants to define and protect wildlife and livestock corridors in Northern Kenya, has received its first unofficial ‘blessing’ from a wild collared elephant called Kiir. Kiir is the first elephant wearing a tracking collar to be tracked traversing one of the newly-created corridors linking Samburu and Shaba National Reserves in northern Kenya. Connectivity between these two ...

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March 26, 2018
Tackling Human-Elephant Conflict
Ryan Wilkie, Research Assistant


In February last year, Amboseli’s most iconic and active crop-raiding collared elephant, Tim, was speared in the trunk – the third such incident in as many years.   Tim made a full recovery but the threat on his life highlighted the escalating problem of human-elephant conflict in the Amboseli ecosystem – today, the leading cause of premature elephant mortality in the region. Since then, the team monitoring Tim have made ...

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March 21, 2018
Mummy to the rescue
Save The Elephants


WATCH this dramatic footage as first-time mum, Soutine (aged 15) from The Artists family, rescues her three-week old calf from danger after he was swept away as the pair crossed the Ewaso Nyiro river in Northern Kenya. While this footage shows the strong bond between mother and calf, it is also a sad reminder of the impact poaching has had on elephant lives. In 2012, Soutine lost her mother Chagall to poachers. As our research has shown, the life of a wild orphan elephant is not an easy one. ...

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February 12, 2018
With his blaze of white hair, gentlemanly manner and love of brightly coloured suits and silk handkerchiefs, Esmond Bradley Martin was distinguished in more ways than simply by his status as one of the world’s top ivory investigators. Despite his distinctive looks, this tall, elegant former UN special envoy on rhino conservation risked his life many times while secretly documenting the sales of rhino horn and elephant ivory in some of the most dangerous corners of the world, all in ...

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January 19, 2018
WATCH the drama that unfolds when a newborn calf escapes death by a whisker in Samburu National Reserve! Sensing this lion's approach, Nablus - an elephant from the Biblical Towns family - reacted fast to rescue her two day old baby from a grisly fate. The drama was filmed in the dry Ewaso river bed by our Media Intern, Matt Brierely, who was filming Nablus and her baby when he realised that he was not the only one interested in the two. This film is the first absolute proof that lions in ...

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November 20, 2017
As the African landscape changes, the need to discover where elephants travel and how the expansion of new infrastructure could impact their movement and their lives is more urgent than ever. Understanding elephants as individuals, mapping their movements and studying their family history not only provides us with valuable insight into their behavior, but is crucial to their survival. One such individual, an adventurous thirteen year old elephant we are tracking named Orchid from the ...

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October 24, 2017
Of integrative modules & citizen science
By Nancy Odweyo, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


For months, the education team under the guidance of Resson, Head of Awareness has been hard at work restructuring the conservation education curriculum dubbed Living in Harmony with Elephants (LIHWE). Save The Elephants first developed the manual in partnership with educators from Disney Animal Kingdom at the height of the poaching crisis in 2012. Over the years, the four-part manual has helped change attitudes, shape behavior and increase knowledge of wildlife conservation...

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October 23, 2017
Dreams of getting Higher Education become a reality
By Connie Makandi, Conservation Education Officer


Since its inception in 2001, the Save the Elephants and Elephant Watch Safaris (STE/EWS) Scholarship Program has enabled over 150 students to get high school education. Among these students, over 99% have successfully graduated from high school and joined various institutions of higher learning before serving their communities in various capacities. Even in the quest to give them a bright future, the Elephant Scholarship Programme has not been in a position to support them all to ...

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October 20, 2017
The Journey Of The Youngest Elephant Scholar
By Connie Makandi, Conservation Education Officer


It has been a year since the witty Jackson Lembei had an unfortunate incident, where an elephant attacked him when he was out in the field herding his uncle’s goats. This unfortunate accident left Jackson with a broken arm, a slight head injury and what became a turning point in his life. It was the end of his life as a herd’s boy and the beginning of another as an elephant scholar. The life of a herd’s boy is as adventurous as it is risk-bound especially ...

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October 18, 2017
Teacher extraordinaire
By Nancy Odweyo, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


Meet Mr. Ambrose Lekoitip, a head teacher at Sereolipi Primary School and a long-term friend of STE’s Education Programme. For over a decade, Ambrose has worked hand in hand with STE to nurture students into well-rounded members of the society. In the many years he has taught, Ambrose has mentored and helped shape the lives of countless students including our very own elephant researcher, Jerenimo Lepirei. In addition to acting as an anchor and inspiration to over 400 students at ...

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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
Save The Elephants


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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