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Big fire in and around elephant research camp

Checking e-mails at the airport on a return trip to Norway last Friday we received quite a shock when we read the news posted on the website of The Amboseli Trust for Elephants about a big fire. The fire occurred in and around the Elephant Research Camp in the center of Amboseli National Park, Kenya, destroying three tents and equipment. Luckily noone was injured. Our own tent, built in 2003, was spared thanks to the intense efforts of the camp staff and others who came to help. We are immensely grateful to them - and very sorry for all that was lost in a year that seems to have no limits when it comes to natural disasters.

The two top photos below (©Amboseli Trust for Elephants) show the fire and its consequences, the two images at the bottom are from the building of our tent (circled in red) in January/February 2003. The fire, which occurred in the worst drought in living memory, got very close...