Omega was born 1954 in Amboseli, Kenya and has been observed by Cythia Moss, a pioneering researcher and scientist of Amboseli Trust for Elephants. Very sadly, she died in 2002 at the age of 48. She had been speared (possibly by the poachers) and disappeared from the keen eye of researchers She was matriarch of her group – the olderst, largest and most trusted cow in the group, leading the herd.
The Amboseli Trust for Elephants aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy.
The elephants of Amboseli in Kenya are the most celebrated wild elephants in the world. Since 1972, close observation by Cynthia Moss and her research team has led to intimate knowledge of these intelligent and complex animals. The revelations from Amboseli form the basis of contemporary understanding of elephants and provide the knowledge needed to conserve and protect them.
Text: Cynthia Moss & Amboseli Trust for Elephants
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