Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, located in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, is home to 1,400 wild elephants, including one of the most famous families of elephants in the world – the EBs.
The matriarch of the family, Echo, who died in 2009 aged 65, was easily recognised by her distinctive crescent like crossed tusks and was one of the most studied elephants in the world. Dr Cynthia Moss began research on the EBs and other elephants in Amboseli in 1973 and much of what we know about elephant social structure, vocalisations and behaviour is as a result of this work and these elephants.
Today the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP) is the longest-running study of wild African elephants anywhere in the world. Research from the project continues to provide valuable insights into the behaviour, intelligence, social structure and communication of African elephants.
Born Free has been supporting the work of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project for many years and offers Animal Adoptions for two of Echo’s daughters - Emily Kate (named by Martin Clunes after his daughter) and Esprit.