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wildlife researcher

Cynthia Moss is an American conservationist, wildlife researcher and writer, who specializes in African elephant family structure, life cycle, and behavior.


Moss, Cynthia was born on July 24, 1940 in Ossining, New York, United States. Daughter of Julian B. and Lillian (Drion) Moss.


She is director of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in Kenya, where she has studied the same population of elephants for over 40 years, and is Program Director and Trustee for the Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE). Moss graduated at Smith College in Massachusetts in 1962, majoring in philosophy.


Reporter, researcher, Newsweek, New York City, 1964-1968; research assistant elephant behavior and ecology, Lake Manyara, Tanzania, 1968; assistant to veterinary researchers, Nairobi, Kenya, 1969; research assistant, Athi Plains, Kenya, 1970; research assistant, Tsavo National Park, Kenya, 1970; freelance journalist, 1970-1971; editor, Wildlife News, Washington, since 1971; co-director research project, Amboseli (Kenya) Elephant Research Project, since 1972. Senior associate African Wildlife Foundation. Research fellow Animal Research and Consercation Center, New York Zoological Society.


  • 2001 MacArthur Fellows Program.



Member East African Natural History Society.


Julian B. Moss

Lillian (Drion) Moss