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Regular followers of ATE will know that with the help of KWS, Space for Giants and Savannah Tracking, we recently collared five female elephants from five of the Amboseli elephant families. Although our work is normally totally non-invasive, we took this decision in order to gain more detailed information on the migration routes elephants use within the Amboseli ecosystem.
One of our regular visitors asked about the upcoming baby boom. We predict that it will start in December. The last time something like this happened was at the end of 1978. There was a terrible drought in Amboseli in 1975-76 with the result that many calves died and at the same time the females were in poor condition and stopped reproductive cycling. Half of the calves born in 1976 died and only two calves were born in 1977. No more calves were born until November 1978, but from that point on into 1979 and 1980 baby elephants seemed to be raining from the sky.
The Amboseli National Park Management and Scientific Authority recently organized and undertook a wildlife census on 23rd July 2011 in the Amboseli National Park. This was towards the need to monitor population changes and habitat use by wildlife species.
Here's a website which gives an excellent idea of the Human-elephant conflict that happens with regularity in the Southern Indian Nilgiri forest ranges. These are the same ranges that houses ancient elephant corridors and which are under threat due to resorts constructed by many rich and powerful elite. (This is very close my current home-town of Coimbatore)
Unless more measures are taken to create viable elephant corridors in this zone, these kinds of conflicts (sometimes fatal to both human and pachyderm) are bound to escalate.
Here's the website.
Indian Supreme court is the battle ground for Survival of Elephant Corridor versus resort of a Bollywood Star.Thu, 2011-07-21 03:49 · Forum/category:
The fate of a key Asian-Elephant migratory corridor in the Southern Indian state of TamilNadu that links the lush Southern Indian Nilgiri forests of the Western Ghats with the forests of the Eastern Ghats is going to be dictated by a case lodged in the Indian Supreme Court by a Bollywood star whose opulent resort, located right in the heart of this corridor, is going to demolished for maintaining the viability of this corridor.
Amboseli is drying out fast after a very poor rainy season in March: although we posted about our excitement at the onset of the first rains, it didn't last. The elephants are still doing fine, although this is a difficult period as they come into increasing conflict with livestock for access to food and water. Nonetheless I've been enjoying spending time with the IFAW study families who are all well. My next blog post is now live, and is an introduction to the families I study.