Dr. Vicki Fishlock

Resident Scientist

Dr. Vicki Fishlock

Vicki joined ATE in January 2011 to study social disruption and recovery in elephant families after the terrible 2009 drought. Her work focuses on leadership and negotiation in the face of risk, as well as the very long-term social dynamics we have documented in Amboseli. Prior to working in Kenya, Vicki studied gorillas and forest elephants in the Republic of Congo, where she earned her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Phyllis Lee, examining the use of forest clearings as social arenas for elephants. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.

“Elephants form deep bonds with each other, which last for decades. Elephant survival is strongly affected by access to the social and ecological knowledge that older elephants hold; where to go, what to eat, how to avoid danger.”
- Dr. Cynthia Moss

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