I am still in Nairobi, busy with traslocation, but I really can’t wait to go back to the wild. My next trip will be in Amboseli, entirely dedicated to Elephants. This year there is a baby boom in Amboseli. 82 new calves have been recorded by the Amboseli Elephants Research Project (www.elephanttrust.org), born since November 2011. This is happening because in 2009 most of the females lost their calves due to the severe drought that hit Kenya. When the rains finally arrived at the end of 2009 and food became plentiful in early 2010, most of the females entered in estrous more or less at the same time. I was there in February and March of 2010, watching an unbelievably intense courting and mating activity. The old dominant bulls in musth of the ecosystem attracted the favours of the females, but younger bulls also had their chance. With so many bulls concentrating around the swamps where the females’ families were, fights inevitably erupted.
I can’t wait to return and see all these new calves, among which an albino has been seen. And I hope there will be more social interactions given the abundance of food that certainly will be there after the heavy rains of this year.
I still have one more place in the vehicle with me if anyone wants to join. E-mail me for more information.0