The AA Family
Where it all began… The story of Wart Ear and her family, the first elephants identified in 1972 by Cynthia Moss and Harvey Croze.
The BB Family
The wonderful story of Big Tuskless and her family and their ups and downs.
The CB Family
One of the most tight-knit and affectionate Amboseli families, Celeste would reign as matriarch for many years.
The D Families
The Ds have shown us some of the most interesting family dynamics over the time we have known them, including one female going off with an unrelated female and creating a whole new family unit.
The EB Family
Possibly the most famous elephant ever, Echo led her family from seven members at the start of the study, to a flourishing 37 at the time of her death in 2009. She remains an Amboseli icon.
The FB Family
Feisty Freda and her family.
The GB and GB2 Families
The GB family split into two parts, but since the time of writing these two parts have rejoined one another. This rejoin was precipitated by the loss of two big females, Gladys and Gwen in 2009, and is the first time we have ever documented this kind of flexibility.
The HA Family
Always tiny, the HAs have managed to persist against the odds.
The IA/IC Family
Three Holes appeared in the Amboseli population around 1977, a “floater” who must have lost the rest of her family. She joined Isabel and the IA family, and eventually became their matriarch – a wonderful example of social flexibility.
The JA and JA2 Families
Beautiful Jezebel led the JA family for many years, and this sweet family of characters has always been a firm favourite with ATE researchers.
The KA Family
The KAs have had more than their fair share of troubles over the time we have known them, but they are currently flourishing once again.
The LC Family
The LC family is another family with a somewhat unusual history. The
members originally belonged to the LA family when Cynthia first got to know them
back in 1975. All these events add to our knowledge of the flexibility of elephant family dynamics.
The MA Family
The MAs were a difficult family to work out early in the study, because they were so closely bonded to the WA family. This friendship has now lasted thirty years.
The OA Family
Renowned for their exceptionally beautiful females, the OA family are close friends with the CBs.
The PA Family
One of the biggest Amboseli families, the PAs have provided us with many important data points as well as many wonderful hours of field time.
The QB Family
Qumquat became a tragic Amboseli icon in October 2012, when she and her two daughters were slaughtered by poachers. The QBs have had their fair share of tribulations: here is their story up to August 2012.
The RA Family
Fascinating, and frustrating, the RAs have challenged and puzzled us with their family dynamics.
The SA Family
One of the earliest Amboseli families sighted, the SAs were so named because somehow their females became known as Sandy and Shirley.
The T Families
Immortalised in Cynthia’s book, Elephant Memories, the Ts remain close to our hearts.
The UA Family
Close friends of the BB family, the UAs have always been small but have successfully raised several handsome males.
The VA Family
The largest and most dominant family in Amboseli, the VAs have been fiercely successful.
The WA Family
The WAs have shown us how strong elephant friendships can be, through their long association with the MA family.
The XA Family
Wise Xanthippe and her crew are great friends with the RA family, but this friendship has caused us some confusion.
The YA Family
The YAs have always been a small family but they are hanging in there, and we are very fond of them.
The ZA Family
The ZA family were one of the last to be identified, and are one of the families who range into Tanzania, sometimes for many months at a time.