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*44 yr old African Elephant Alice dies at Winston's Wildlife Safari **Elephant Sabrina has died at the Naples Zoo, Italy ***32 yr old African Elephant Moja relocated from Pittsburgh Zoo to Winston OR Safari Park ****Elephant Bozie is suffering from an unidentified infection at The National Zoo
 

 Cynthia Moss, Amboseli Trust for Elephants
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Posted: Sep 3 2011, 10:29 AM


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Original post 4elephants 31 July 2011:

Oakland Zoo announces Celebrating Elephants Guest Speaker for May 19, 2012, Cynthia Moss of Amboseli Trust !!

This year the Zoo raised $18,000 to benefit Amboseli in the Celebrating Elephant Days.... Read more on page 6 of the Oakland Zoo magazine, ROAR...

http://www.oaklandzoo.org/site/news/roar-n...r-current-issue


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Posted: Sep 3 2011, 10:29 AM


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Original post SL 31 July 2011:

Fabulous news! Now I need to budget for 2 trip to CA, one for the PAWS Summit and another for Cynthia.


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Posted: Oct 8 2011, 03:30 AM


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Dr. Cynthia Moss' science is published in peer-reviewed journals:
http://tiny.cc/moss-pm

Statement on the Use of Elephants in Circuses
http://tiny.cc/circus-ate1


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Posted: Nov 8 2011, 02:22 PM


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Articles about ATE in African Geographic

Here in the attached PDF are two nice reports on some of the work we do as part of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants.

http://www.elephanttrust.org/node/859


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Posted: Apr 24 2012, 10:18 PM


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16th Annual Celebrating Elephants Reception, Lecture, & Silent Auction

Please join us on May 19th for an evening of Celebrating Elephants! Oakland Zoo is proud to present an evening with Cynthia Moss, a world-renowned elephant researcher. Moss will give a presentation about African elephants. of Amboseli National Park, including the amazing story of Echo the elephant.

http://www.oaklandzoo.org/Calendar_Item.php?i=101


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Posted: May 15 2012, 01:47 PM


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Press release from Oakland Zoo:

Oakland Zoo Hosts Cynthia Moss for Celebrating Elephants Reception, Lecture & Silent Auction

Ms. Cynthia Moss will visit with guests during a reception and silent auction. She will then give a presentation in which she will share the amazing story of her life with the elephants and what she has learned about them.

http://www.oaklandzoo.org/Press_Releases.p...ion_May_16_2012


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Posted: May 20 2012, 12:33 PM


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Notes from Cynthia Moss lecture at Oakland Zoo...

Cynthia Moss 19 May 2012

This event was jam-packed so hors d’oeuvre tables had to be removed to make way for more chairs for the lecture.. Those who attended the Elephant Summit in March are familiar with the room size, estimate 125-150 in attendance….Cynthia Moss looked healthy and always a smile on her sun-browned face…She was happy to update about Amboseli because after the severe and lengthy drought of 2008-2009, there is an explosion of calves this year—almost every female of calf bearing age is becoming a new mother…

While Amboseli National Park is some 150 square miles in size, the ecosystem is about 5000 square miles…In their 40th year of study, there are about 2700 elephants in their database; 1300 elephants currently living in 62 families: 300 independent bulls, remaining 1000 are females & calves…Each family is led by a matriarch who is the repository of knowledge; the family group is most important both as a nurturing foundation and a protection against predators—single mothers and calves would stand little chance against predators….

Male elephants reach sexual maturity on average between 11th and 13th year and will leave the family—sometimes at insistence of mother and other females, sometimes overnight…Cynthia has seen cases of some mama’s boys who keep coming back until they reach late teens!! Bull elephants continue to grow lifelong, always posturing and play-fighting with other males, but generally need at least 15 more years of maturation until they are able to gain position to mate with females, sometimes in their 30’s, mostly in their 40’s and 50’s when they become successful fathers.

Amboseli Park is a semi-arid savannah; its swamps and rivers are fed by underground streams from Kilimanjaro which attract much wildlife…Average rainfall is 340-350 ml or 13 inches per year…During the drought 2008-2009, rainfall was almost nothing so although there was water for drinking, there was no vegetation and most wildlife died of starvation…It was the worst drought in living memory of the oldest Maasai---the park was filled with carcasses—stopping anywhere in the park one would view at least 30, the air permeated with the smell…In the later months of 2009, massive deaths were recorded…
83% of Wildebeest population lost
71% Zebra
61% Buffalo
24% Elephant; 385 elephants, 96 were adult females, 27 were matriarchs, 57% were calves…
(It was during this time that Echo died, along with 4 calves in her family…Intervention was not possible as there was no hay in all of Kenya…Of 151 calves born in early 2008, only 41 survived.)

Bad news got worse with an upsurge in poaching when the ban on ivory sales was lifted in 2008…Release of ivory stockpiles fueled opening of 35 new carving factories in China, supported by a new middle class able to buy luxury goods…IFAW, which maintains an office in Bejing, made a survey of Chinese people: 84% of those asked thought elephants shed their tusks…Education is so important, the efforts of basketball star Yao Ming were applauded for his help in educating on behalf of elephants…

Finally 2010 in January, the rain clouds returned, and with it, the joy of mating…In order to enter musth, bull elephants must have adequate fat deposits; likewise, females stop cycling when their fat deposits are too low.....With minimum mating during drought, plus loss of females and calves, almost every female of bearing age was eligible for mating, thus the drought ending rains of early 2010 resulted in a 2012 spring “raining with calves”…….First new calf was born to Qumquat on 12 October 2011, since then over 150 calves have arrived…Many delightful calf photos were shown, including beautiful new “71” and Malugie, named in honor of PAWS “71” who passed about 2 years ago, and a combination of 3 now in residence, Mara, Lulu, and Maggie…

Amboseli staff photo showed many of the Maasai who work for the trust; trained in elephant ways by the staff and trained in anti-poaching by the military (Photographer Nick Brandt was recognized for his financial support in establishing 8 anti-poaching camps in Amboseli which has diminished poaching to almost nothing) ….However, Amboseli elephant families travel many miles in all directions in the wet season, crossing the border to Tanzania, going north and east many miles out of the park….Seven big group ranches surround Amboseli, but one of those ranches fragmented and sold smaller parcels, thus creating a disaster… This area of development to the south-east of the park is particularly problematic, new people, new farms, vs. ancient elephant corridors…For this reason, in 2011, a decision was made to collar 5 matriarchs in order to have scientific proof of migrations in order to negotiate a workable solution to the problem.. In an orchestrated operation expected by (apprehensive) Moss to take 3 days, collaring of the 5 females was accomplished in half a day with the help of veterinarian & expert darter, Dr. Ephantus Ndabini, and well known Danish collar maker Henrik Rasmussen…No elephant was down for more than 20 minutes; upon wakening, the collar was felt but thereafter ignored....Tracking is done with telephone transmission instead of satellite, much easier and better method…Evidence clearly shows concentration inside the park in dry season, well established destinations outside the park during wet season…

ATE researcher Vicki Fishlock is studying the effects of social disruption at Amboseli, following the huge loss of matriarchs during the drought, the recovery and development of fragmented families.. .During Q&A, Moss described the family of Echo after she passed, daughter Ella age 42 took over, but since the family numbers over 40 now, she expects Eudora age 39 to take part of the group, and Edwina to form a 3rd group…

Moss spoke briefly about poaching, what can be done---in her opinion, it cannot be stopped on the ground, must be stopped on the user end…NGO coalition trying to get real information about volume of ivory trade…

Q&A, so many organizations, which are the good guys and deserving of donations? Colleen Kinzley immediately nominated Amboseli Trust (to applause), Moss then named IFAW and Wildlife Conservation Society as they do good research, NOT WWF she said….

Special thanks to Oakland Zoo volunteers who organized and staffed the entire event, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, book signing, special guest Cynthia Moss, all proceeds of the night go to Amboseli Trust…
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Posted: May 20 2012, 01:01 PM


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Thank you for taking the time to write this excellent report. Were there any folks there that attended the PAWS Summit?


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4elephants - thank you so much for sharing all this with us!


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Thanks for your comments...other attendees--saw zoo & PAWS volunteers, lots of zoo members who are familiar from other lectures, but didn't recognize any Summit guests... Of course, I spent a fair amount of time at the hors d'oeuvre tables, wine bar, and silent auction tables which were everywhere this year---lots of items to buy..Said Hey to Rachel from the bus ride...LOL...

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Posted: May 23 2012, 04:08 PM


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Cynthia Moss: Oakland Zoo's Celebrating Elephants 2012 (44:25)

Part I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9-6L1pk-dw



Part II

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drs11fkgz4M



Part III

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_lwQSIwrFc

edited to correct video links.

This post has been edited by spiritedlulu on Jun 2 2012, 04:01 PM


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Posted: Aug 16 2012, 03:39 AM


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Cynthia explains:

Spotlight Amboseli: Talking to the elephants

In this video, you’ll learn how scientists investigate elephant communication with each other and also how elephants interpret vocalization of lions and respond to potential dangers.

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/spo...lking-elephants


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No One Wants a World Without Elephants

Jeffrey Gettleman’s compelling article (September 3, 2012, NYT) “Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits” portrayed a war that is not being won. Quoted in the article is Paul Onyango who leads the Garamba National Park poaching patrols. He says the fight against Ivory poaching has been going on for 30 years and is only growing more and more intense.

http://www.consiliencejournal.org/blog/201...hout-elephants/


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In case you hadn't been watching, the video of the rescue of an Amboseli ele baby from a well has gone viral. Today it hit the big time when it was posted on Cute Overload.

If you need to smile or find happiness in a moment, this would be the time to watch!!


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Thanks crm. I have noticed it has gone viral. It is on almost every elephant lover/fan facebook page and all over the net. I hope it generates lots of donations for ATE.


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Posted: Oct 20 2012, 11:52 AM


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Also on this BBC link:

Baby elephant rescued from a water well in Kenya

Members of the Amboseli Trust, an elephant welfare and conservation group, have attempted to rescue a baby elephant trapped in a water well in Kenya.

Before they could get anywhere near it they had to deal with the elephant's anxious mother, who was pacing around nearby. They moved her away so they could help the baby.

The trust's Vicki Fishlock gave a running commentary as the drama unfolded.

Video courtesy of the Amboseli Trust


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19998236


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Internationally-Renowned Elephant Expert Cynthia Moss on "Talking Animals"

My guest on "Talking Animals" Jan 1 will be Cynthia Moss, the author and wildlife researcher who�s considered one of the world�s foremost elephant experts.

Moss has spent more than 40 years studying the elephants of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, yielding an account of the African elephant population notable for both its breadth and depth.

Having started the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in 1972, she and her research associates have since identified and recorded more than 1400 elephants belonging to 50 families.



http://www.wmnf.org/program_specials/1081


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