Cynthia Moss, wildlife researcher and author

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Cynthia Moss—the author and wildlife researcher who has spent more than 40 years studying the elephants of Amboseli National Park in Kenya (and speaking live from her tent in Amboseli!)—describes how she first became enchanted with elephants and decided to devote her life to studying them. In addressing how her feelings about elephants have shifted and evolved in 292the ensuing years, Moss notes that the priority at the moment is protecting them against the poaching epidemic that has surged dramatically as has the demand for ivory in China.  She also outlines some of the findings yielded by her Amboseli Elephant Research Project about the way elephant families form and function, and intersect with other families—Moss and her research associates have identified and recorded more than 1400 elephants belonging to 53 families. This rolled into a discussion of echo-moss-postmatriarchs, including the late, great Echo, whom Moss studied for over 30 years, has written about extensively, and has been spotlighted in documentary films and TV shows. (Echo died in 2009.)  Because the interview was—not coincidentally—conducted on the opening day of Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus’  Tampa engagement, she spends a few minutes pointing out the sharp contrasts between how elephants live in the wild and how they live in captivity.  She also shares some details of two colleagues’ fascinating study and attendant new paper on elephant cognition. (www.elephanttrust.org, www.facebook.com/AmboseliElephants)

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ALSO: We spoke briefly with Diane Koon, of Florida Voices For Animals, about the organization’s plans to protest—and educate—at each show of this week’s Tampa engagement of the Ringling Bros. circus, and what those protests seek to accomplish. (www.floridavoicesforanimals.org)

COMEDY CORNER: Kevin Nealon’s “Cows On The Roof”      (http://kevinnealon.com)

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Tame Impala’s “Elephant,”  instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE:  King Crimson’s  “Elephant Talk”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

2 Replies to Cynthia Moss, wildlife researcher and author

  1. Brigetta Johnson says:

    Very happy to see people who understand and defend elephants. Cheers, Cynthia!

  2. paul mutero says:

    Hello, am a student with a bias in changes in land use change. We know that some areas originally occupied by wildlife have been transformed to Agricultural crops. Have you researched on this topic especially in regard to habitat loss.
    kind regards
    Paul

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