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Tom Mangelsen is hosting along with his friend Mary Robertson a fundraiser for Cynthia Moss who started the Amboseli Trust for Elephants in southern Kenya.
This fundrasier will take place at his gallery in Jackson Hole, WY and his prints along with friends who recently spent 3 weeks in Africa with Tom will also have their work up for auction.

The following participants have donated photographic prints available for auction:
Kent Nelson, Dick Berry, Tom Ocasek, Bonnie Burgess, Diana Robinson, Andy Dyson, Andy Wolcott and a hand painted silk scarf by Sue Cedarholm.
So stop by, spend some money, and all your money will go to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants so Cynthia Moss can continue to do here research and help preserve one of the most important species on this planet.
Below is a detailed description of the event and what Cynthia Moss actually does for the ATE.

HISTORY | In 1968, Cynthia Moss made the life-changing decision to move to Africa to study elephants in northern Tanzania. Four years later, teaming up with Harvey Croze, she found ideal conditions for studying elephants in Amboseli National Park, a protected area of 150 square miles in southern Kenya. Thus began what was to become the longest running African elephant field research project in the world. Her studies of more than 2,000 elephants (1,400 still living) in their natural habitat are the most comprehensive ever undertaken.

Cynthia Moss and Vida, 1991 | Ensuring the survival of the elephant in today’s Africa is an increasingly complex problem. The ivory trade – legal and illegal – and the tremendous increase in human population in Africa have taken a serious toll.

In 1979, there were estimated to be 1.3 million elephants in Africa; ten years later, there were only about 600,000. In Kenya alone, the elephant population plummeted from 130,000 in 1973 to less than 20,000 in 1989, a loss of 85%. The reason for this catastrophic decline: the ivory trade. The combination of growing human populations and resulting loss of wildlife habitat has exacerbated wildlife-human conflict, creating yet another threat to the future of the elephant.

The elephant population in Amboseli National Park is one of the few that has been able to live a relatively undisturbed existence in natural conditions. This rare situation is primarily due to two factors – the presence of researchers and tourists in the park, and the support of the local Masai people.

With low levels of poaching, the Amboseli elephant population has been increasing slowly since the late 1970s. Amboseli is, therefore, one of the few places in Africa where the elephant age structure has not been drastically skewed and the population spans the whole range from newborn calves to old matriarchs in their 60s and, even more unusual, many large adult bulls in their 40s and 50s.

Realistic solutions to the problems facing Africa’s elephants can be developed only with the help of comprehensive long-term research studies. Studies in Amboseli have provided unique and critical information on elephant birth rates, death rates, ranging patterns and nutritional needs, illuminated by analyses of their underlying determining factors. But the studies have also revealed much more: that elephants communicate at a very sophisticated level; that they celebrate birth, have lifelong friendships and appear to mourn the death of family members. Research has shown them to be highly intelligent with the ability to reason and problem solve and has provided a window into their complex social structure.

These discoveries made in Amboseli have altered the way in which conservationists approach the management of elephant populations. What was once viewed as just a herd must now be respected as a family. What was once seen as ivory on the hoof must be recognized as a matriarch whose accumulated knowledge can keep her family alive in times of drought or famine. The magnificent bull with 100-pound tusks is a prime breeder who should be passing on his genes for health and longevity, not gracing the trophy room of a sport hunter.

Since its inception in 1972, Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP) has monitored the Amboseli elephants, collecting data on all births, deaths, sightings and behavior, and has assembled identity records for each of the elephants in the population. This represents a wealth of data made possible only by such a long-term study of a relatively undisturbed, free-ranging population of African elephants.

Today, as a result, AERP is the critical source of baseline data on elephants. Learn more at www.elephanttrust.org.

The following participants have donated photographic prints available for auction:
Kent Nelson, Dick Berry, Tom Ocasek, Bonnie Burgess, Diana Robinson, Andy Dyson, Andy Wolcott and a hand painted silk scarf by Sue Cedarholm.

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