FAMILY HISTORIES

FAMILY HISTORIES

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.

BB FAMILY

The wonderful story of Big Tuskless and her family and their ups and downs.

BC FAMILY

The BCs are one of our smaller and less regularly seen families in Amboseli.

CA FAMILY

The CA family was first recorded on October 10, 1973. At that time the Amboseli Elephant Research Project was just getting started. They had a very distinctive looking matriarch at the time we named Curtain Ear

CB FAMILY

One of the most tight-knit and affectionate Amboseli families, Celeste would reign as matriarch for many years.

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.

EA FAMILY

We saw the EA family on the very first day the project began, but at the time we were only familiarizing ourselves with the elephants so they had not been categorized and named until a year later.

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.

FA FAMILY

The FA family was discovered and photographed on the second day of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project on September 2, 1972.

FB FAMILY

Feisty Freda and her family.

GB & 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.

HA FAMILY

Always tiny, the HAs have managed to persist against the odds.

HB FAMILY

The HBs are a good example of how important leadership skills and knowledge among females are in contributing to a family’s success. Over the years they have had some incredible leadership in Horatia and Hazel, leading to the gradual growth of this family. We predict the HBs will go on to be one of the biggest families in the Amboseli population.

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.

IB FAMILY

The IB family was first recorded on March 16, 1974. They were found on
the eastern side of the Park with the GB and PA families.

JA & 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.

JB FAMILY

The JB’s were first photographed by Dr Ian Douglas-Hamilton who Dr Cynthia Moss worked with in her early career.

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.

KB FAMILY

The KBs are one of the immigrant groups that moved into the central region of Amboseli in the late ’70s.

LA FAMILY

The ‘L’ family was not recorded or photographed until March 23, 1975. They were a neat, small self-contained group consisting of just seven members.

LB FAMILY

The LB family is one of the biggest and in some ways the most successful of
any family in Amboseli.

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.

LD FAMILY

The LD family has had a very interesting history. It started out as part of the LB
family, which was one of the immigrant groups that moved into the central region of Amboseli in the late 1970s.

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.

MB FAMILY

The MB family was one of the last families to be recognized in the Amboseli population.

OA FAMILY

Renowned for their exceptionally beautiful females, the OA family are close friends with the CBs.

OB FAMILY

The OBs were one of the last families to be recorded in the early years of our research. It was not until the 1980s that this small family was identified, having migrated from the East into Amboseli.

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.

PC & PC2 FAMILY

The PC and PC2 families have had an unusual history. Up until 1982 the
PCs were part of the PAs, which was the largest family in the Amboseli
population.

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.

RA FAMILY

Fascinating, and frustrating, the RAs have challenged and puzzled us with their family dynamics.

SA FAMILY

One of the earliest Amboseli families sighted, the SAs were so named because somehow their females became known as Sandy and Shirley.

SB FAMILY

First recorded on April 6, 1974 after the matriarch had a radio collar put on her. We called her Sona because of the beeping sounds that we picked up on the radio receiver.

T FAMILY

Immortalised in Cynthia’s book, Elephant Memories, the Ts remain close to our hearts.

UA FAMILY

Close friends of the BB family, the UAs have always been small but have successfully raised several handsome males.

VA FAMILY

The largest and most dominant family in Amboseli, the VAs have been fiercely successful.

WA FAMILY

The WAs have shown us how strong elephant friendships can be, through their long association with the MA family.

XA FAMILY

Wise Xanthippe and her crew are great friends with the RA family, but this friendship has caused us some confusion.

YA FAMILY

The YAs have always been a small family but they are hanging in there, and we are very fond of them.

ZA FAMILY

Not surprisingly the ZA family was one of the last families to be identified as the elephant families are categorized into alphabetical order.

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