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A couple of months ago I did an interview with the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) team that was visiting us. They are one of our major supporters. They happened to ask me about elephant mothers and calves and they have released the video for Mothers' Day in the US.
A number of people have asked about an apparent paradox, that in most of Africa (East, West and Central Africa) elephants are apparently facing major threats from poaching and land use competition, while in southern Africa there are said to be "too many elephants". There are several factors coming together to create this divergence of viewpoints.
The facts seem to be that:
We are delighted to hit another landmark in our baby boom. Since the 12th of October, we've now documented 150 births. These calves are thriving, having been born in an above-average rainfall year. It's a delight being around the families, even though the terrain is becoming increasingly water-logged and harder for us to get to the elephants.
Juan Carlos's expensive trip to Botswana – from which he was flown home injured – arouses anger in recession-hit country
Giles Tremlet in Madrid – guardian.co.uk
While ordinary Spaniards cope with harsh austerity, recession and soaring unemployment, the country's royal family has been enjoying expensive hunting trips, one of which resulted in King Juan Carlos ending up in hospital.
These photos are from all over the world. Some are of captured elephants. We do not condone holding elephants in captivity. But the purpose of the photo blog page is to show the beauty of elephants, and it is good to see that photographers and many others discover this.
Yesterday Katito Sayialel found four new born calves which brings the baby boom total to 102! Katito wins the prize and tonight we're all gathering to celebrate this amazing phenomenon.
Photos of the new calves will follow soon.