Thursday, September 19, 2013

ECHO" THE MATRIARCH OF AMBOSELI


Katito Sayialel moves everyone almost to tears, exhibiting Echo's skull and jaw, and explaining how much she taught us about how special elephants are. — at Amboseli National Park.


From Lori:

I got to meet Echo some years back, after reading about her, and about Cynthia, Soila, Norah, Joyce and all the great work that has been done in Amboseli. Thank you all, great women! (and that includes Echo!)


Every great family is headed by a commanding leader, and Echo’s clan was no exception. Echo, an African elephant, was a true matriarch, a wise and experienced mother who guided and protected her family for many years. Recognizable by her crossed tusks, Echo lived with her brood in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, a wildlife reserve of just 150 square miles.

Her clan was composed of some 15 elephants, all either her own offspring, other elephants’ young calves, or adult females. (Adult males are loners until it’s time to mate.) At first glance, Echo’s family seems to live quiet lives of grazing. In fact, their days are filled with mating battles, difficult births, health problems, kidnappings, emotional reunions, mischievous children and, occasionally, death at the hand of a hunter. Much of the drama caught in Echo: An Elephant to Remember comes thanks to famed researcher Cynthia Moss’s intimate knowledge of Echo and her ways.

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