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Born and educated in the United States, Dr. Cynthia Moss has spent more than 30 years in Africa studying elephants and working for their conservation. She was born in Ossining, New York, which is near the Hudson River. In 1962 she graduated from Smith College with a degree in philosophy. She worked for Newsweek magazine as a theater reporter for a while. In 1967 she went on an extended trip to East Africa.
While visiting Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania, she met Iain Douglas-Hamilton. She became a research assistant for him. In 1972, she started the now famous Amboseli Elephant Research Project at Amboseli National Park in Kenya.
Since then she and her research associates have identified and recorded more than 1,400 elephants. Without formal scientific training, but armed with a passion for learning, she has became the world-leading expert on African elephant family structure, life cycle, and behavior. Her research efforts also contributed significantly to the conservation of the precious and dwindling African elephants population.
Some of the books that Cynthia authored include:
Cynthia Moss's pioneering work is also featured in several wildlife documentaries, which were co-produced by Thirteen/WNET and BBC-TV.
To learn more about this amazing elephant researcher and conservationist, please read "Elephant Woman: Cynthia Moss Explores the World of Elephants." Buy through Amazon.