About the Organization
Amboseli National Park in Southern Kenya is home to more than 1,700 African elephants. These elephants have been studiously observed, catalogued, and protected
by the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP) when internationally renowned researcher Cynthia Moss founded the project in 1972. Thus began what
was to become the longest running African elephant field research project in the world. Over the last 30 years, Cynthia and her research assistants
have identified and named every elephant in the park, following and recording each individual's social behavior, reproductive history, feeding habits,
and communication with the herd. Because AERP is the longest-running elephant study in history, the base of information collected in their fieldwork
represents a truly unique resource, valued by researchers and institutions around the world. In the absence of poaching and culling, the Amboseli elephant
population has been increasing slowly since the late 1970s.
The Conservation Challenge
The Ivory Trade
Between 1973 and 1989, 85% of Kenya's elephants were poached for ivory. Ensuring the survival of the elephant in today's Africa is an increasingly
complex problem. The ivory trade, both legal and illegal, has taken a serious toll. The ivory trade poses the most catastrophic threat to the African
The combination of growing human populations and resulting loss of wildlife habitat has exacerbated wildlife-human conflict, creating yet another threat
to the future of the elephant.
In 1979, there were estimated to be 1.3 million elephants in Africa; ten years later, there were only about 600,000. In Kenya, the elephant population
plummeted from 130,000 in 1973 to less than 20,000 in 1989, a loss of 85%.
Realistic solutions to the problems facing Africa's elephants can be developed only with the help of comprehensive long-term research studies. Studies
in Amboseli have provided unique and critical information on elephant birth rates, death rates, ranging patterns and nutritional needs, illuminated
by analyses of their underlying determining factors.
Help Eliminate the Ivory Trade
By not buying ivory products the trade demand for ivory will cease to exist, thus eliminating poaching of African elephants.
Outreach and Education
Get the word out about the plight of the African elephant and inspire a sense of pride in preserving this amazing species. Educate the public about the
tragedy the purchase of ivory products causes. You can also spread the word by blogging, sharing links to the Amboseli Elephant Trust on Facebook and
twitter and attending our annual fundraiser in May.
Oakland Zoo Takes Action
Through our Amboseli Trust for Elephants and public education of the Amboseli project, our support of the AERP helps to fund much-needed items like repairs
to research vehicles, film, computers, and the salaries of the research assistants in Amboseli National Park.
You Can Take Action Too
- Attend Oakland Zoo’ ‘Celebrating Elephants’ events on May 20 and May 27, 2017. All proceeds from these events go to Amboseli Trust for Elephants.
- Email Colleen Kinzley to donate to Oakland Zoo’s Amboseli Trust for Elephants.
- Never buy products made of ivory.
- Inspire others - share what you have learned about the African elephant's plight and the Amboseli Elephant Trust with others.
- And, of course, please choose circuses, movies and other amusements that do not force elephants to perform.