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The TA Females
Dear Cynthia and Harvey:
I was deeply disturbed by Tulip’s death. Most of TA family’s adult females were killed by human:
Had Torn Ear not adopt 7-year-old orphan Tonie in 1974, TA would have no adult female to lead them today. Tonie is now the only adult left. The other females are all under 15. I’m very worried about this family.
TA’s females were killed at younger and younger age. Is it only TA that had bad luck or the entire Amboseli elephant population is facing such grim fate? It seems other families are doing better and the total number is growing every year. Echo’s EB is doing well, though they did suffer the spear death of Erin in 2003. Slit Ear of TC lived into her 60s. But I don’t have much information of other families. This is a drought year and I am so worried about Amboseli elephants.
I wish Tulip and her calf didn’t suffer too long. She will always be missed.