Iain Douglas-Hamilton

Name ID 145

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Douglas-Hamilton, Iain and Oria Among the Elephants
Extract Date: 1963

Summer 1963

Summer vacation assisting Murray Watson, the SRI scientist working on Wildebeest

Extract ID: 197

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Douglas-Hamilton, Iain and Oria Among the Elephants
Extract Date: 1965

Starting at Lake Manyara

Iain Douglas-Hamilton starts at Lake Manyara

Extract ID: 198

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Douglas-Hamilton, Iain and Oria Among the Elephants

discussion with my official supervisor Hugh Lamprey

If I [Iain Douglas-Hamilton] ever needed advice on my work I could now have stimulating discussion with my official supervisor Hugh Lamprey and the other scientists who lived at Seronera, 130 miles away by road. Hugh, a pioneer in the study of big game ecology, was director of the Serengeti Research Institute which had succeeded the Serengeti Research Project. He was happy to return to research after heading the Mweka College of Wildlife Management for training young Africans to become Park Game Wardens.

Extract ID: 456

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Matthiessen, Peter The Tree Where Man Was Born
Page Number: 161
Extract Date: 1972

Flying with Douglas-Hamilton

I flew back to Tanzania with Douglas-Hamilton, who had brought his new plane to the elephant conference. Iain's plane is twenty years old, and looks it, but it 'came with all sorts of spare parts - ailerons and wings and things. I shan't be able to use them, I suppose, unless I crump it'. We took off from Voi at a very steep angle- a stalling angle, I was told later by Hugh Lamprey, a veteran flyer who once landed his plane on the stony saddle, fifteen thousand feet up, between the peaks of Kilimanjaro.

Extract ID: 199

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Douglas-Hamilton, Iain and Oria Among the Elephants
Extract Date: 1970

Elephant Conference

[Iain Douglas-Hamilton] presents thesis at 'Elephant Conference' in Ndala.

John Owen, flew in;

Desmond Vesey-Fitzgerald, by Land-rover from Arusha;

Harvey Croze, and Nani came in a Combie;

Mike Norton Griffiths, and Annie, senior ecologist of the Serengeti;

Dennis Herlocker, an American in charge of forestry in the Serengeti;

David Western, from Amboseli, studying the ecology of the Maasai and wildlife drove in from Kenya;

Hugh Lamprey, Director Serengeti Research Institute flew his glider from the Serengeti

Extract ID: 200

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Douglas-Hamilton, Iain and Oria Among the Elephants
Extract Date: 1970

Leaving Manyara

Iain and Oria Douglas-Hamilton leave Lake Manyara

Extract ID: 201

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Douglas-Hamilton, Iain and Oria Among the Elephants
Extract Date: 1972

Thesis

Iain Douglas-Hamilton completes thesis

Extract ID: 202

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1975 Publishes: Douglas-Hamilton, Iain and Oria Among the Elephants


Extract ID: 3151

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Douglas-Hamilton, Iain and Oria Among the Elephants

Among the Elephants

'Somewhat more dated, but equally interesting, Iain and Oria Douglas-Hamilton’s Among the Elephants which covers their research at Lake Manyara and their romance and life together on Safari.'

Fodor review

Extract ID: 203

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Amin, Mohamed; Willetts, Duncan and Marshall, Peter Journey Through Tanzania
Extract Date: 1984

Lake Manyara

The park in fact has the highest density of elephants in Africa, about eight to the square mile. Despite being harried by neighbouring farmers, their numbers are increasing - 613 of them were counted in 1981. In Iain Douglas-Hamilton's study of them, Among the Elephants, he observes that these intelligent and co-operative animals show grief at the death of a relative and even bury their dead. Although he claims to have been accepted by them, many of the Manyara elephants are bad-tempered and charge without hesitation.

Extract ID: 3681

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1992 Publishes: Douglas-Hamilton, Iain and Oria Battle for the Elephants


Extract ID: 204

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Douglas-Hamilton, Saba Elephant: the search for Virgo
Extract Date: 2002


She visited a Maasai Laibon for guidance on whether Virgo was still alive (no signs in the stones) and climbed Lengai to make an offering to the gods. And then it was into Manyara NP. Lots of elephant recognition shots, and close up of ears. Meetings with staff and rangers; some had known her as a little girl, and some reported recent sightings of Virgo. Visit to Mtu wa Mbu to find old friend. Requests to have all the tourists look out for Virgo (one tusk, would be about 55). Flight over the park. Camp at her old home. And a trip to Tarangire to visit Charles Foley and go through all her fathers (IDH) elephant cards. There was one elephant which Charles recognised as maybe a visitor to TNP, but he had never seen Virgo. More searching, and lovely shots of Saba sitting surrounded by Virgo's family and descendants, but, inevitably no sign of Virgo herself.

Unusual for a "wildlife" program to have a lot of interaction with local people.

What a difference it makes when you can identify the elephants by name and understand their relationships.

Extract ID: 3276

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nTZ Feedback
Extract Author: Yvonne Starks
Page Number: 2007 04 19
Extract Date: 2007

Among the Elephants

Just finished reading Among the Elephants. Because of the span of time and projections from 1975, curious about few outcomes:

Chapter 15: What has happened to the home ranges of the Manyara elephants. Did it tighten or loosen and what was the phase that occurred?

Chapter 17: What was finally decided about the correct management of elephants all over Africa, judged by each individual park's merits? Culling? Noninterference?

Postscript: Only 40% of ID-H's marked trees were still alive at writing. Predicted that by 1980 there would be none left. True? Story & comments?

Postscript: Overcrowding crisis at Manyara solved? Marang Forest as promised, happen? Conversion of corridor of farmland to wildlife conservation occur for larger elephant ranges?

Are there any photos of Iain, Oria, Mhoja from the 1960s and currently? Some in book dark and hard to see.

Site and links good, but a little difficult to navigate, at least for the questions/info I was searching for…

Thanks for your email and feedback with questions.

Unfortunately I'm not in any great position to answer. You'd need to talk directly to people working in the park, and to other scientist who might be currently studying the Manyara elephants. Results are probably in the scientific literature which I only have occasional access to, and don't really try to include research publications in the database unless they have some wider appeal.

I know that there's work going on to create a corridor between lake Manyara and the Tarangire National Park. In time gone by the elephants used to move freely between the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara, but this corridor is effectively block by towns, villages and cultivation, but I suspect that a few elephants do make the journey.

I'll put your email on the web site, and maybe others will have some answers to your questions.

Btw, do let me know what sort of things you found difficult with the navigation. I'm always open to improvement. The overall design is nearly 8 years old, and I plan one day to move it to an online database, and will rethink the structure and navigation then.

Also, my initial focus was on indexing people and dates, and I haven't tried much to index e.g. animals. Hence, no specific index for elephant. However, the search option on the front page might help - it finds 243 pages which include the word elephant.

Extract ID: 5352
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