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Let me park links to some of my photos in this blog until I can get around to setting up a special website (at the moment 'croze.net' brings you here, as some visitors can see). Since many of the images are of elephants and Amboseli, it shouldn't be too much of an intrusion. Thanks for stopping by...
Well the ATE team has been kept incredibly busy during the first three weeks of 2012. The elephants have been in large groups, which keep us on our toes as we try to identify all the families and males present, as well of course as keeping track of all the new calves.
Here are some of my favourite shots of life in Amboseli over the past few weeks of the New Year.
With very best wishes for 2012, on behalf the of ATE team. We thank you for your support as we go into the 40th year of the project.
I finally saw Jemima's white calf yesterday morning. I had been in Nairobi and couldn't wait to see him. I arrived in Amboseli two days ago. It's incredibly green and lush here--perfect conditions for the mothers of all the new calves. They have more than enough to eat to produce rich and nutritious milk.
Katito spotted the albino calf yesterday and directed me to him. He seems healthy and robust. We're a bit worried about sunburn but he seems ok for now.
Albino baby elephant first sighting by the Amboseli Elephant Research team in Amboseli National Park. Notice the white hair especially on the head and tail, pale skin and pinkish ears.
Click here to see the video.
Today marks the last day of fieldwork with Graeme Shannon and Karen McComb on the elephant cognition project, which has involved using playback experiments to study social and ecological knowledge among elephant family groups. Back in May 2007 at the beginning of the project, one of the first groups that Graeme and I spotted were the JBs, and Jemima the matriarch had a new female calf that was less than a week old - named Julep. Now, 4.5 years later, we saw the JB family once again, and this time with two new calves.
The LC family is another family with a somewhat unusual history. The members originally belonged to the LA family when I first got to know them back in 1975. In those early years I was working out how many families there were in the population and who belonged with whom. As the adult females were photographed and the composition of the groups recorded, the family structures began to emerge. Each of these families was then assigned a letter of the alphabet. Thus the first family photographed became the ‘A’ family, the next the ‘B’ family and so on.
We were very pleased, indeed, to read this rave review of our new book, "The Amboseli Elephants: A Long-Term Perspective on a Long-Lived Mammal". The review is by Alexander V. Georgiev from Harvard University and it appeared in the International Journal of Primatology. See the attachment.