Among the Elephants Blog

November 24, 2016
The only fair way for an elephant to die is through natural causes, and for the last 23 years, Save the Elephants has committed to protect and create a sustainable future for the African elephant. Even in the face of human greed and massive development projects such as super highways, high-speed railways and ever expanding townships.  This enormous task is made possible only through the generous support of individuals, foundations and companies like Real ...

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November 23, 2016
Governments around the world should act quickly and save vulnerable species before it is too late as those species are being killed at a horrifying rate.  This was the dire warning delivered by Prince William of Britain when he addressed the Hanoi-Vietnam Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) that was held on 17th and 18th November 2016. The Hanoi-Vietnam conference was the third after the London and Kasane-Bostwana conference on ...

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November 21, 2016
A canine unit has been established in Gonarezhou National Park as an additional tool to park management. With a sense of smell one thousand times stronger than humans the unit has been created as a rapid response to try and locate poachers before they disappear from the Park into neighboring Mozambique. Despite an annual growth rate of 6% between 1992 and 2014, the Gonarezhou elephant population have been particularly susceptible to poaching in recent years due to their large numbers ...

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November 15, 2016
Buffalos return to the Springs
Ryan Wilkie, International Intern


On our regular mammal census route through southern Buffalo Springs we came across a group of mammals that we did not expect – Buffalos. This may surprise many readers, of course there out to be buffalos in Buffalo Springs. However, the iconic animals that lend their name to the national reserve have not been sighted there for 5 years. Such is the irony of their absence that when Daud proclaimed to have spotted buffalo up ahead the rest of us took it as a joke, believing he was ...

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November 14, 2016
Before the Rains
Ryan Wilkie, International Intern


The arrival of Brunaleski and Alpine’s new calves on the 4th of November mark, respectively, the 4th and 5th new-borns to greet our Samburu research team in just over a month. This wave of newcomers to Samburu’s elephant families began with the birth of a new Royal – Mary’s baby boy – on the 28th of September, he remains as charismatic as the first day we saw him. Two weeks later news reached our ears that Pili Pili of the Spices had given birth to a baby girl. We were ...

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October 26, 2016
When the well is dry…
Ryan Wilkie, International Intern


“When the well is dry, we will know the worth of water” - Benjamin Franklin It is October and a few of the migrant and sporadic elephant families are returning to the reserve. They time their seasonal migrations to coincide with the rains and the bounty that they bring. What they have found instead is a parched landscape. Samburu is in the grips of drought. The sun beats down on the reserve, baking the red...

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October 21, 2016
The Spices’ new bundle of joy!
Nelson Mwangi, National Intern


When you are out on Long Term Monitoring (LTM) you expect to see a lot of interesting things from vultures feeding on a dead Grant’s gazelle, giraffes necking or male elephants fighting. However seeing a new life is one of the greatest and life changing experiences. Be it a new born lion cub, a giraffe calf trying to stand up or a new born elephant calf. A few days ago when we were out on LTM we spotted a large parade of about 40 elephants. In the herd was about 4 different ...

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October 19, 2016
Best CITES since 1989? The Conference of the Parties for the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES CoP17) ended in a colourful display of waving flags on the night of Tuesday 4th October. As seasoned CITES delegates from the Species Survival Network strolled out of the meeting hall, one remarked to another, “this is been the best CITES CoP for elephants since 1989!” He said, referring to the year ...

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October 18, 2016
Trading day to Save Elephants
Lydia Limbe, Media and Communications Officer


On the 14th of October 2016, the Nairobi Securities Exchange held its second annual Charity Trading Day, with Save The Elephants as the lead charity organization to benefit! Renowned Kenyan media celebrities were present to make calls to potential dealers, competing with one another on who would sell the most. In under an hour from when the actual trading started, twitter was abuzz with the trending hashtag #NSECharityTradingDay. A total of Ksh 5.8 million (57,212 ...

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September 30, 2016
Hope for the African Elephant in 2016: CITES CoP17
Resson Kantai Duff, Head of Awareness


The Conference of the Parties for the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES CoP17) began in earnest in a colourful and highly participatory opening ceremony on Saturday 24th September. To the beat of the djembe, the Save the Elephants CITES team joined all the participants to drum our support for the protection of species around the world from the ...

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September 27, 2016
The sun was hot and unforgiving when we started the 17 kilometre walk for elephants in Samburu, Northern Kenya. Primary and secondary school pupils had turned up, their energy and zeal energising the adults who’d shown up in large numbers for the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. Organised by Save The Elephants (STE) as part of the global movement, the Samburu edition must have been one of the hottest! The ...

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September 21, 2016
Wildlife and Climate Change
Nelson Mwangi, National Intern


There is a strong link between global warming and the distribution and survival of animal and plant species. Droughts and floods have the ability of wiping out entire populations of animals and spreading alien species to various areas and ecosystems. Climate change education is very minimal in the Kenyan syllabus. With this in mind STE interns have been involved in the organization's education program over the past two months teaching kids about climate change in the simplest terms. ...

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September 21, 2016
Of Mothers and Their Calves
Nelson Mwangi, National Intern


This is Willow and her daughter, she is the newest addition to the Hardwoods family. She is always by her mother’s side. Whenever she is stuck in mud in the many swamps in Samburu and Buffalo springs national reserves, Willow is always there to her rescue pushing her up the muddy banks to safety. The trunk is her tool in keeping her calf closer, always reaching out to her sides to make sure she is right there next to her. And after hours of fooling around and playing ...

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September 21, 2016
Elephants as keystone species:
Nelson Mwangi, National Intern


Elephants are the real Kings of the African Savanna. Yes, they have no natural predator but that is not what makes them King. Elephants shape the landscape by uprooting and felling trees. Without this the African savanna would be a forest or worse, a desert. They are also very good at finding water especially during the drought and help in the survival of many more species, large and small. Elephant dung serves as a home for many ground insects. The dung beetle uses it as ...

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September 9, 2016
In September Save the Elephants launched a global social media campaign to raise money for the Elephant Crisis Fund called #KnotOnMyPlanet.  We co-founded the Elephant Crisis Fund with the Wildlife Conservation Network to support the most innovative and urgent actions by a coalition of organisations dedicated to ending elephant poaching. To date we've supported 40 partners in more than 100 projects and have had some great successes, but ...

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