Among the Elephants Blog

November 8, 2022
Above: Wildlife and livestock corridor in northern Kenya demarcated by pillars. Corridors are crucial in linking wildlife conservation areas Wildlife, including elephants, are facing threats to their natural habitats as human populations expand and infrastructure development accelerates. As a result, there is increased pressure on people, wildlife and livestock to share the landscape and ...

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September 29, 2022
A wild African female elephant who survived being shot five times by poachers and delighted scientists by giving birth again nine years later, has died in northern Kenya in the middle of the drought. Monsoon, the fearless matriarch of the Storms family and mother of seven calves, was sadly euthanised on September 26 after she collapsed several times in northern Kenya. She was estimated to be in her sixties. [caption id="attachment_11551" align="aligncenter" width="984"]...

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September 8, 2022
The better we understand elephants, the more we can find ways to help them. Work recently published by Save the Elephants researchers gives a glimpse not only of how we are deepening our insight into the world of elephants and how this can help them, but also how studying elephants could help humans.  What happens to the bodies and minds of baby elephants when they lose their mothers? Can the elephants’ ...

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September 8, 2022
A vast expanse of semi-arid land in northern Kenya - home to an estimated 7,500 elephants, may be acting as an early warning system for threatened elephant populations across Africa. Data on elephant mortality from the Samburu-Laikipia MIKE (Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants) programme site was first used by Save the Elephants in 2009 to alert the world to escalating levels of poaching across the ...

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July 21, 2022
INSPIRING BRILLIANT MINDS
Save the Elephants


Celebrating 20 years of the Elephant Scholarship Fund When the Elephant Scholarship programme began in 2001, little did we realise how impactful it would become. Today more than 200 students have had their lives transformed from the scholarships, with many now working in wildlife conservation, education, medicine, finance, and engineering. Oria Douglas-Hamilton was inspired to start the fund while setting ...

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July 14, 2022
The deepening impacts of Kenya's drought
Tanya Onserio, Digital Media Manager


These past few months have been tough for people and wildlife alike as Kenya continues to grapple with the effects of yet another prolonged drought that has ravaged parts of the country.  In northern Kenya, where our research camp is based, the wild animals are scrambling for food in a landscape that resembles a desert wasteland. Most of the grass has been eaten by hungry livestock that have invaded protected ...

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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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