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Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is world famous not only for its scenic beauty, with towering Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop, but also for its largely undisturbed elephant population. The only elephant population on the entire African continent that has not suffered massive ivory poaching, and whose family structure is still largely intact. Numbering just over 1,000, this population has provided the baseline for elephant research for the past 28 years, in a detailed study where every individual is known and its life documented by resident Scientists who monitor their lives on a daily basis. Cynthia Moss has studied the female units and Dr. Joyce Poole the bulls and elephant communication and much of what is known about the nature of elephants today is a result of this research.
The National Park and abutting Game Reserve embody five main wildlife habitats, plus a generally dry lake bed known as Amboseli from which the Park takes its name. There are open plains, stands of yellow-barked acacia woodland and doum palm groves, swamps and marshes fed from the melting snows of Kilimanjaro, rocky lava strewn thornbush country, and at the western end of the Reserve, the massif Oldoinyo Orok rising to over 8,300 ft which is still for the most part zoologically largely unexplored. Everywhere, the landscape is dominated by snow-capped Kilimanjaro immediately to the south which at 19,340 ft is Africa's highest mountain and a fitting backdrop to this important wild region where the pastoral Masai people and their cattle have coexisted in harmony with most wild creatures for many a century, killing only the lions in cultural rituals, but more recently the rhinos for the price of the horn. Protest spearing of some elephants has also occurred in recent times due to revenue sharing disputes.