National Reserve,

Explore elephant habitat with the organization trying to save them

Journey to the plains of Kenya

North of Mt. Kenya on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River lies Samburu National Reserve. The elephants of this region have been studied by Save the Elephants for over 20 years. Get to know the landscape, people and wildlife of Samburu.

Understanding & protecting elephants

Individually Identified Elephants


Recorded Field Observations


Hours of GPS Tracking


Meet the elephant families of Samburu

Family structure is extremely important to elephants, and preservation of the family unit is vital for a healthy elephant population. Save the Elephants has identified and monitored over 70 elephant families in Samburu. Spend some time with them.

A message from
Iain Douglas-Hamilton

I entered a world of wonder 50 years ago when I began studying the elephants of Lake Manyara, Tanzania. My life was forever captured by these magnificent creatures and the great landscapes they live in -- deep forests, vast plains, winding rivers, lakes, volcanoes, and stark lava flows, from bush to desert to soaring mountain heights.

Samburu is one of these landscapes, and for me it is the most precious because I call it home. I'm thrilled to share the place I love on Street View, and let people everywhere roam across elephant range on a voyage of digital discovery. We hope that experiencing this area on Google Maps and Google Earth brings you a deeper understanding of elephants, one that can be translated into action on their behalf.

Elephants, and many other wild animals, need our help. We must allow the splendour of nature to survive alongside us. We brought the Samburu elephants online so people can "meet" them, experience the beauty of their habitat and realize the need for urgent action to protect them. The more we understand the denizens of the natural world, the more we can help them to survive and thrive on this planet. Join us in the fight to protect Africa's elephants.

—Iain Douglas-Hamilton, PhD, CBE
Founder, Save the Elephants
September 15, 2015

Spend time with Save the Elephants

From aerial surveys to GPS collars, STE is one of the foremost elephant research organizations in the world. Meet the group of hard-working scientists and advocates who have dedicated their life to the pursuit of a more secure future for elephants.

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Save the Elephants

Save the Elephants is dedicated to securing a future for elephants, sustaining the ecological integrity of the places they live, promoting man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and developing a tolerant relationship between the two species.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Green List of successful protected areas. Lewa is the heart of wildlife conservation, sustainable development and responsible tourism in northern Kenya.

Samburu County Government

The Samburu region has been inhabited since the earliest humans, and the local government is dedicated to improving the welfare of the people, animals and geographical landscape of this region. With projects focusing on economy, infrastructure education and wildlife protection, the Samburu government is committed to increasing accessibility and security in the region.

Kenya Wildlife Service

KWS is dedicated to saving the last great species and places on earth for humanity. They work to sustainably conserve, manage, and enhance Kenya's wildlife, its habitats, and provide a wide range of public uses in collaboration with stakeholders for posterity.

Google Earth Outreach

Google Earth Outreach is a program designed specifically to help non-profit and public benefit organizations around the world leverage the power of Google Earth and Maps to illustrate and advocate for the important work they do. Earth Outreach projects focus on environment, cultural preservation, humanitarian work and more.