Kenya Update: Elephant Twins in Amboseli!
Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s Amboseli National Park lies on Kenya’s border with Tanzania. It’s one of our favorite places to visit when we are in Kenya. Why? Because we love elephants and Amboseli is all about elephants!
Much of what we know about African bush elephants is the result of the research carried out by the dedicated scientists of the Amboseli Elephant Project. Since 1972, Cynthia Moss and her colleagues have observed and documented the lives of over 3200 elephants in 68 families – in the longest running wild elephant study in the world.
In 1980, the first set of elephant twins were found – a male and female born to Estella. No one knew how common or rare twin births were. In the Amboseli ecosystem, another set of twins (a male and a female) weren’t seen until 37 years later, when Paru gave birth to twins in 2018.
The team at the Amboseli Elephant Trust didn’t have to wait another 37 years for another set of twins to arrive. After such a long wait, you can imagine the excitement this February when it was discovered that Angelina had given birth to twins, a male and a female, see photo below.