Cynthia Moss

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Cynthia Moss
Cynthia  Moss

Personal details
Country Kenya

Title researcher 1972-
Location at Amboseli National Park in Kenya

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Biography details

Dr. Cynthia Jane Moss , wildlife ethologist in Kenya

Born 1940-07-24 in United States .

Cynthia Moss is an American ethologist and conservationist, wildlife researcher, and writer. Her studies have concentrated on the demography, behavior, social organization, and population dynamics of the African elephants of Amboseli. She is the director of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, and is the program director and trustee for the Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE).

  • Born 1940 in Ossining, New York, U.S.A.
  • Graduated at Smith College in Massachusetts in 1962
  • Worked as a reporter for "Newsweek until 1962
  • While visiting Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania 1967, she met leading elephant researcher Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton in Tanzania.
  • In 1968 she quit her job at "Newsweek" to work with Iain Douglas-Hamilton.
  • In 1972, she started the now famous Amboseli Elephant Research Project at Amboseli National Park in Kenya.
  • Since then (over 50 years) she and her Research associates have identified and recorded more than 1,400 elephants belonging to 50 families at an immense of 400 square miles.
  • When asked who has been most influential in her life Moss answered, "Oh, Echo I think."

Cynthia  Moss
Research assistants Norah Njiraini, Soila Sayialel and Katito Sayialel with Cynthia Moss.

Moss has received many awards in recognition of her dedication to the study of elephants in Amboseli including the Smith College Medal for Alumnae Achievement (1985),[1] MacArthur Genius Fellowship (2001),[14] and the Conservation Award from the Friends of the National Zoo and the Audubon Society.[1] In addition, she has made four award-winning documentaries about elephants including An Apology to Elephants (2013) – HBO, Echo: An Elephant to Remember (2010) – PBS, Nature, Echo and Other Elephants (2008) – BBC, David Attenborough, and Echo of the Elephants (2005) – PBS, Nature. In 2019 she received an honorary doctorate from Yale University.

Elephants form deep bonds with each other, which last for decades. Elephant survival is strongly affected by access to the social and ecological knowledge that older elephants hold; where to go, what to eat, how to avoid danger.
Dr. Cynthia Moss

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). ethologist Cynthia Jane Moss in Kenya. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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