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Michel Ghatan

(Swiss, b.1975)

Elephant on the Run

Tawi, Kenya, 2019
archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper
30 x 30 in. / 40 x 40 in. / 60 x 60 in. (paper size)
signed and numbered

Direct from the artist’s studio

All photographs are signed and numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the photographer.

"Big Craig is a formidable tusker in Amboseli believed to be born in 1972. His mother was named Droopy Ears and gave birth as well to a twin female called Cerise. Craig was born the same year Cynthia Moss created the Amboseli Elephant Research Project. 

Four decades later, her work is the longest-running study of wild elephants ever undertaken, documenting the lives and deaths of almost 3,000 elephants. The Amboseli Elephant Research Project is now a hub for research collaboration and training. 

In 1979, there were estimated to be 1.3 million elephants in Africa; ten years later, there were only about 600,000. In Kenya alone, the elephant population plummeted from 130,000 in 1973 to less than 20,000 in 1989, a loss of 85%. The reason for this catastrophic decline: the ivory trade. The combination of growing human populations and resulting loss of wildlife habitat has exacerbated wildlife-human conflict, creating yet another threat to the future of the elephant. 

The elephant population in Amboseli National Park is one of the few that has been able to live a relatively undisturbed existence in natural conditions. This rare situation is primarily due to two factors – the presence of researchers and tourists in the park, and the support of the local Maasai people." – Michel Ghatan

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