animal: African Elephnat

Why This Animal?
I have chosen the animal African Elephant. I chose this animal because I was very interested in the Savanna Biome and out of all the different animals in that specific biome the Afrcian Elephant really stuck out to me. The African Elephnat is a very large animal which is another reason I was interested in researching this animal. They can get up to fourteen feet tall and can be a length of thirty feet from trunk to tail. I think that an elephants trunk is very interesting. Elephants use there trunks as another arm of leg and they use it for many different things. They use there trunks to pick up there food, drink water adn cool them selves off. Elephants are hunted for there tusks and poachers are becoming a probelm for the elephants. The African Elephant is different from the Asian Elephant because it is bigger. That is another reason i chose the African Elephant.
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African Elephant Monitoring Technique

Day 1- Today I got my first glimpse of the African Savannah. As I rode out in my jeep to begin my first day of watching the elephants I am amazed by the beauty of the savannah around me. Since I arrived in the summer it is the rainy season in the savannah and I see lush plants around me and scattered trees but there isn’t enough moister for a forest. It is warm as I sit in my jeep with a temperature of about 80 degrees. I am disappointed as I watch for the elephants and see none. I drive back to the village upset and frustrated.

Day 2- I am in awe of the magnificent elephants! I saw them almost immediately today! There was a whole herd of them, 1 bull, 7 cows; each with a few calves. I watched them for a safe distance as the magnificently large animals sprayed water in the air with there long trunks. The water ran down there giant ears and landed around there ignoramus feet. The calves ran around playing together. The cows looked like they weighed about 8,000 pounds. There were a few scattered trees around the water hole and some of the elephants eat the leaves off of them with their trunks. The calves eat off of the little shrubs imitating their mothers.The herd moved away from the watering hole in a large group. Small birds ran behind the big elephants eating bugs that the elephants kicked up and eating the bugs of the elephants backs. I found this as a great example of mutualistic relationship because the bird gets fed and the elephant gets rid of all the annoying bugs on them.

Day 3- Today i as i went back into the world of the African Elephant. Im still amazed by this magnificant animal and all the great things that it can do. Today i saw that in the distance a male elephant, known as a bull, was fading of into the horizon walking away from the herd. I knew this was common for the African Elephant because the bulls dont usually stay with the cows; instead they have travel in bachelor herds meeting up with the cows later. I focused my attention back to the rest of the herd and what i saw was extrodinary! A small cafe, looking like it was only days old, was walking toward me. I sat very still as it came closer and closer. I as afraid that the mother was going to get angry so I held my breathe. At this time the calf was barley 3 feet in front of me. I was amazed by the amount of trust in this small being. I extended my hand toward the calf and it step closer. Just before i touched it. it's mother made a angry sounding noise and stomped its feet. The calf ran away looking scared but knowing its mother knows best. I went back to the village happy and satisfied. Today was a great day!

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(baby african elephant)

Cynthia Moss

Cynthia Moss was born in the 1940’s in Ossining, New York. She graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts in 1962 majoring in philosophy. In 1967 she took an extended trip to Tanzania, Africa to visit Lake Manyara National Park. While there she met Dr. Douglas-Hamilton the leading elephant researcher at the national park. She then quit her job and moved to Africa to work with Douglas-Hamilton in 1972. Next she started the Amboseli Elephant Research Project at the Amboseli National Park in Kenya. The goal of this foundation is to study and promote the African Elephant’s conservation and make people aware of there decreasing population. In the past forty years she and her associates have recorded and identified more than 1,400 elephants belonging to more than 50 families of 400 square miles. Her research has helped the decreasing African Elephant population. Cynthia Moss has written many books about her elephant research, some books she wrote are; Elephant Memories, Little Big Ears, and Elephant Women.

Cynthia Moss is an extraordinary women working hard to help the African Elephants! I am similar to Cynthia Moss because we both care about African Elephants and want to help them. Cynthia has dedicated so much of her time to helping these magnificent animals and I am hoping when people read this they will try to help them to. I don’t think I can ever do as much as Cynthia Moss when it comes to helping these animals but I will do what I can to do my part in helping them.

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(Cynthia Moss in 1967 on her extended trip to Africa)

Using the Research


"African Elephant." National Geographic. National Geographic Society. Web. 14 Feb. 2012. <>.

“ATE." Cynthia Moss. Amboseli Trust For Elephants. Web. 24 Feb. 2012. <>.

"Guide to African Elephants." African Elephants: Research, Pictures, Facts & More. Guide to African Elephants. Web. 24 Feb. 2012. <>.