Amboseli Trust for Elephants

The elephants of Amboseli in Kenya are the most celebrated wild elephants in the world. Since 1972, close observation by Cynthia Moss and her research team has led to intimate knowledge of these intelligent and complex animals.
Echo and grandkids
The revelations from Amboseli form the basis of contemporary understanding of elephants and provide the knowledge needed to conserve and protect them.
ATE, the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, is a not-for-profit trust registered in Kenya and the USA (501(c)3). ATE’s operational focus is in Amboseli National Park and the surrounding ecosystem; its influence reaches out to elephant conservation, management and policy-setting worldwide.
ATE has an administrative, fund-raising and advocacy office in the United States, a program management office in Nairobi, and a field research office and camp in Amboseli national park. The Nairobi office provides a base for administration, project support and field support.

AERP, the Amboseli Elephant Research Project is the trust’s research arm. For nearly four decades AERP has studied the Amboseli elephants, making it today one of the longest studied populations of free living large mammals in the world.

AECT, the African Elephant Conservation Trust, is an endowment fund established in the USA. The long-term objective of AECT is to initiate, support and ensure the continuation of key elephant research projects across the African continent modeled on the ATE philosophy and research methodology. In time, income from the endowment can used to fully fund the work of ATE and AERP and enable the field researchers focus their energies on their project and relieve them of the burden of continued fund raising.

AERP’s unparalleled body of knowledge will thus be made available to those addressing issues such as land use, wildlife education, protected area management, and the consequences of human population expansion. Development threatens Amboseli

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  1. Posted May 6, 2008 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry I missed this post when it first came out, not sure how that happened! Visited your home site and am impressed with such innovated ideas, on elephant conservation. These Maasai elephant scouts are a great idea as is the consolation scheme. When we hear of livestock being killed by wildlife, we naturally assume it’s by lions or leopards, certainly not by elephants. The environmental hazards insurance program, for lost or damaged crops, is another worthy endeavor, as well. We have all heard stories of elephants raiding crops! Planning for migration corridors is a much needed vision as human population expands. All these programs are worth supporting and I look forward to hearing more about all of them, as well as the elephants. Got lots of questions, but I’ll save them, for your next post. Thank you for helping these elephants!

  2. TheTeach, Seattle
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Great to see you guys online now, here at wildlifedirect. I’ve read much about Amboseli and seen all the Echo video programs. Very concerned about news that KWS is leaving Amboseli. What is that all about and how can the international community help safeguard the ecosystem there if the Kenyan government is unable or unwilling to do so? What are the prospects for working directly with the Maasai on this issue through the private sector? I recently read of 14 elephants speared by Maasai. That doesn’t sound very encouraging, if the park is to become more reliant on their participation for its protection. What’s the story? Thanks for listening.

  3. Posted June 20, 2008 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Teresea & TheTeach, sorry to take so long to respond, but I, too, am just catching up on the complexities of the WordPress CMS syntax (as opposed to the Drupal one we use at
    Couple of points: the Maasai Scouts programme is moving along well. Pls see:
    KWS is still firmly entrenched in Amb, but each side (the Olkejuado County Council and KWS) has a different view of what the KWS status and role is. The matter is ostensibly still in the High Court for review. That could take a while. Meanwhile, our strategy is a two-scale pincer effort. At the international scale, we are trying to rejuvenate interest by the likes of UNESCO (see, for example, and the E.Afr. Community in the trans-boundary Kili-Amboseli ecosystem. At the local level, well, have a look at the latest ‘Early Warning’ post on WD and the ATE site.
    We want to tap the Kenyan private sector for funding, which could indirectly help to resolving the land-corridor issues.
    On the recent spearings, have a look at Richard & Cynthia’s piece at: .
    Thx for your interest. Harvey

    PS: Any Admins out there? This little miserable comment box is a real pain to write in. Can’t you make it any larger?

  4. TheTeach, Seattle
    Posted June 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for responding. It was well worth the wait! Very informative. Best wishes.

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  1. By Baraza » Light a candle for Echo on May 4, 2009 at 2:16 am

    […] have just heard sad news of the demise of Echo from Cynthia Moss of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. Echo died on the 2nd of May from old age and the drought. I personally met Echo and others in the […]

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