Among the Elephants Blog

November 28, 2008
A brief summary of recordings in Samburu on the Long Term Monitoring for the month of Nov 2008. Total monthly rainfall: 374 Number of Days Spent Monitoring: 18 days Total Number of Individuals Recorded: 522 Total Number Bulls: 14 Total Number Cows/Calves: 508 Proportion (%) Recorded Last Month: 85% Number of Mature Bulls: 12 Number of New Calves: 16 Number of Estrus Females: Nil Number of Deaths: Nil 2 ...

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October 30, 2008
A brief summary of recordings in Samburu on the Long Term Monitoring for the month of Oct 2008. Total monthly rainfall: 385 Number of Days Spent Monitoring: 16 days Total Number of Individuals Recorded: 446 Total Number Bulls: 6 Total Number Cows/Calves: 440 Proportion (%) Recorded Last Month: 57% Number of Mature Bulls: 6 Number of New Calves: 27 Number of Estrus Females: Nil Number of Deaths: Nil 2 ...

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September 15, 2008
An African Love Story In February 2007, Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols, famous field cameraman for the National Geographic, and his assistant Nathan Williamson, came to Samburu on a mission to photograph the Samburu elephants through Save the Elephants. (The social behaviour of the Samburu elephant population is known, and you can approach them at close range without scaring or bothering them and with your presence.) The National Geographic team spent 140 days in total, to capture the ...

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August 29, 2008
A brief summary of recordings in Samburu on the Long Term Monitoring for the month of August 2008. Total monthly rainfall: Nil extremely hot Number of Days Spent Monitoring: 15 days Total Number of Individuals Recorded: 295 Total Number Bulls: 5 Total Number Cows/Calves: 290 Proportion (%) Recorded Last Month: 74% Number of Mature Bulls: 5 Number of New Calves: 7 Number of Estrus Females: Nil Number of Deaths: ...

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July 31, 2008
A brief summary of recordings in Samburu on the Long Term Monitoring for the month of July 2008. Total monthly rainfall: 21(totally unexpected rains) Number of Days Spent Monitoring: 14 days Total Number of Individuals Recorded: 218 Total Number Bulls: 4 Total Number Cows/Calves: 214 Proportion (%) Recorded Last Month: 86% Number of Mature Bulls: 4 Number of New Calves: 1 Number of Estrus Females: Nil Number of ...

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July 30, 2008
Introduction: This exercise followed the one done early March and mid May this year by both STE, Lewa Henrik and NRT. The initial target was not attained in terms of how many collars we will deploy, and since this is the first time also to tag cattle few problems were experience on the process. We ended getting back some collars and from the field, either too loose or had some little defect that had to be attended. The plan was to join up with NRT, Juliet King and deploy this ...

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June 27, 2008
A brief summary of recordings in Samburu on the Long Term Monitoring for the month of June 2008 Total monthly rainfall: Nil Number of Days Spent Monitoring: 5 days Total Number of Individuals Recorded: 188 Total Number Bulls: 2 Total Number Cows/Calves: 186 Proportion (%) Recorded Last Month: 42% Number of Mature Bulls: 2 Number of New Calves: Nil Number of Estrus Females: Nil Number of Deaths: Nil ...

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May 30, 2008
A brief summary of recordings in Samburu on the Long Term Monitoring for the month of May 2008 Total monthly rainfall Nil Number of Days Spent Monitoring: 17 days Total Number of Individuals Recorded: 454 Total Number Bulls: 18 Total Number Cows/Calves: 427 Proportion (%) Recorded Last Month: 88% Number of Mature Bulls: 15 Number of New Calves: 10 Number of Estrus Females: 10 Number of Deaths: 1 Recorded ...

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April 30, 2008
 A brief summary of recordings in Samburu on the Long Term Monitoring for the month of Apr 2008 Total monthly rainfall: 236mm Number of Days Spent Monitoring: 16 days Total Number of Individuals Recorded: 393 Total Number Bulls: 4 Total Number Cows/Calves: 389 Proportion (%) Recorded Last Month: 51% Number of Mature Bulls: 4 Number of New Calves: 4 Number of Estrus Females: 2 Number of Deaths: Nil ...

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March 28, 2008
Ilgwezi Cattle Collaring: Cattle tagging was an idea that was flown around by Iain sometimes back, to see how cattle or livestock in general can interact with wildlife particularly elephants who seem to be having wide and far ranges. March 11, after the entire plan was finalized with main parties, STE Iain DH) Lewa (Iain Craig) and Henrik who makes collar’s. I met up with Henrik in Lewa so that we can go ahead and deploy this collars both in Ilgwezi and Tasia area. ...

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February 29, 2008
Samburu Long Term Monitoring Monthly Report Feb 2008
by David Daballen, STE Field Leader


A brief summary of recordings in Samburu on our Long Term Monitoring for the month of February 2008. Total monthly rainfall Nil. Number of Days Spent Monitoring: 16 days. Total Number of Individuals Recorded: 284 Total Number Bulls: 8. Total Number Cows/Calves: 276. Proportion (%) Recorded Last Month: Number of Mature Bulls: 7. Number of New Calves: 3. Number of Estrus Females: none observed. Number of Deaths: 2. Recorded Births: Nil. Deaths: two. Musth: Three ...

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November 30, 2006
STE Annual Report 2006
Save the Elephants


Threats to the continued existence of elephants shift over the years. The syndrome of “too many elephants” in parks and reserves, described in the 60s, gave way to devastating ivory poaching in the 70s and 80s, until the trade was banned. In the 90s, and up till now, a massive human elephant conflict is perceived, where expanding people come face to face with elephants in former elephant territory, but the older threats are still there in the background. In this increasingly human...

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November 10, 2006
On a number of occasions Save the Elephants has been sharing its expertise and training visiting researchers. For example, we assisted Hemma from Sehal in West Africa and Steve and Michelle from South Africa to set up an individual identification system for elephants in their areas. Another such researcher, an Ethiopian called Yirmed Demeke, wrote to Iain Douglas-Hamilton seeking to learn more about tracking elephants using GPS collars. In consequence, two weeks ago we received a visit from ...

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October 5, 2006
A Conservation Group from Thailand
Caroline Mullins and David Daballen


Save the Elephants has hosted many visiting research groups in its Samburu camp from different parts of Kenya, and sometimes from further a field like South Africa, or even Sri Lanka and North America. These teams of researchers and government ambassadors come to discuss many conservation issues and view the work we do here; a great exchange of information is always possible on such occasions. On Wednesday 4th October, a group of six researchers arrived in a white tourist minivan, ...

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September 26, 2006
Save the elephants long term monitoring team normally goes out in the field almost every-other day. On 26-Sep-06 we received a report from Kenya Wildlife Services, who are based in a nearby complex that a female elephant had given birth to twins in Shaba National Reserve, which is situated to the East of Samburu Reserve; unfortunately neither of the calves had survived. In order to verify the report, David and his team left to visit the scene at around 9:30, with the aim of checking ...

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