Story Spheres allow us to tell stories about the elephants and people of Samburu through panoramic photographs. In 2015 Google worked with Save the Elephants to make Samburu National Reserve the first place in Kenya to be open to virtual visitors via Street View. The Story Spheres here allow you to meet some of the elephant families we know so well, understand the challenges of life as an orphan and learn about our hi-tech tracking of elephants.
The Spices Family Resting in the Heat of the Day
Elephants rely on the shade of trees during the hottest part of the day when they will often be found resting and trying to keep cool. Here the Spices family are making use of a single Acacia tree, resting together in its shade before heading down to the river to drink. Thanks to their enormous size (and resulting low ratio of surface area to volume) elephants get hot. The ears of African elephants are large and full of blood vessels; when flapped they act as cooling devices.
Freud, a Bull Displaced from his Family
Freud is a bull elephant in Samburu who is nearing his twenties. He was born into the Hardwoods family, but as he’s grown older he has spent less and less time with them, although he still ranges across the same area. Researchers call bulls like Freud ‘dispersed’ bulls. It will be many years before Freud becomes reproductively competitive. Look around and you’ll see he is feeding alongside a young female from another family whom he has known since he was a young calf.
The Perils of Elephant Research
Upendo (“Love”), From the Swahilis Family Goes it Alone
Meet the Expanding Hardwoods Family
Safe Passage for Elephants
Walking with Warriors, the Key to Elephant Survival
The Story of Habiba, Orphaned in the Wild
Eyes in the Sky for Elephants
The Benefits of Family Life
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