BENEFITING: AMBOSELI TRUST FOR ELEPHANTS
Cynthia Moss started studying the elephants in Amboseli National Park almost 40 years ago and since then well over 2000 elephants have been identified, named, and known as individuals. Today three amazing Kenyan women are in the field six days a week observing the elephants through birth, mating, family life, and death.
The elephants had a relatively peaceful life for a long time, but in the last couple of years over 300 elephants have died because of serious drought and poaching. Old elephants with large tusks are the target for poachers, and these are the wise female leaders of family units and big males who are the prime breeders.
The individuals at the center of the complex elephant society are being gunned down for their tusks, and a few carved souvenirs simply aren't worth it.
The researchers and staff of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants are working tirelessly with the Maasai community and anti-poaching efforts to protects the elephants, but they are facing a real crisis and need all the support they can get. A natural, wild population like in Amboseli is so important for understanding elephants- an intelligent, gentle species and a vital part of African ecosystems.