I’m typing quietly today, because as I write this in my tent in the research camp, part of the EA family is feeding about 20 metres away from me. They all look fat and healthy, like the rest of the Amboseli elephant population, thanks to our good rains.
Submitted by Jen Jones on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 12:10pm
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Bali, Titan and Java are now making their way to their new home at the Carolina Tiger Rescue sanctuary in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Their life-changing voyage started early yesterday morning in San Antonio when IFAW staff met with colleagues from the Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) and the Texas Animal Resource Team (TXSART) near the big cat enclosures at 7:00 am.
I had the privilege of spending a week working with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Project in Sarasota, Florida last week. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn from other researchers and to further refine our health assessment and satellite tagging. It was rewarding and a bit exhausting. I arrived home a bit late Saturday night, having just a couple of hours to spend with my family before crashing. My plan for Sunday was to spend a wonderful and relaxing day at home.
When the rains came after the 2009 drought in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, the vegetation grew and the elephant population finally began to recover. However many of the older matriarchs, leaders of the elephant family groups, were lost in the drought.