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April 27, 2018
Rainy Season in Samburu
Lynn Kanga, National Intern


‘Wow! Samburu is so green!’ I remember thinking on the morning after my arrival at the Save the Elephants research camp found inside Samburu National Reserve. ‘You are lucky to be here at this time. It’s a paradise’, said Davido, the assistant researcher for Long Term Monitoring as we went on my very first LTM adventure. I couldn’t agree more.  A normally dry and dusty Samburu is now green and lush. Plants and animals in the reserve are now flourishing. You see, this is Kenya’s...

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April 25, 2018
From France to Samburu: How one young student got to meet her donor
Consolata Kithinji, Conservation Education Officer


As Save The Elephants works towards building a tolerant relationship between man and elephants, the STE/Elephant Watch Safaris Elephant Scholarship Programme is furthering this mission by providing students with an opportunity to change lives. In 2016, we admitted the fourteen year old who hails from Isiolo, Naima Mohamed into the programme after she had performed so well in her final primary school examinations. From the way ...

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April 24, 2018
Creating green islands in schools
Nancy Odweyo, Assistant Conservation Education Officer


Since its launch in 2016, the Save The Elephants Wildlife Clubs has grown from strength to strength. At present, we have more than 300 active members across 11 schools with a myriad of conservation activities achieved.  In tandem with our mobile lessons, these clubs continue to serve as ideal platforms to widen our reach and spread the conservation message to an even more diverse audience. In the wake of prolonged drought spells, erratic ...

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April 23, 2018
Elephant scholars show determination in the face of adversity
Consolata Kithinji, Conservation Education Officer


Getting to school can be a daily struggle for many young people in Kenya. Not only do they have to trek long distances, but many have to deal with a range of issues from wildlife conflict to coping with drought and hunger. (Save The Elephants does what it can to help elephant scholars cope with these obstacles including providing food to schools in need.) Despite the challenges, it’s encouraging to see so many students overcoming these challenges and emerging ...

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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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