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Quick Facts about  SOLANGO

Gender  Male Date of Birth  September 2001
Location Found  Sera Group Ranch
Age on Arrival  4 Weeks old
Comments on Place Found  Fell into a deep rocky water catchment well on Sera Group ranch
Reason for being Orphaned  Drought Related

Rescued from Seraa Group Ranch, 20 miles North East of Shaba National Reserve, having fallen into a deep rocky catchment "well" which holds water in the dry season, this tiny bull elephant came in severely sunburnt, the top of his ears burnt to a frazzle from exposure to the sun; the back of his ears still tinged with pink, the tell-tale sign of a very young elephant infant younger than 6 weeks, therefore an October 2001 baby. He was a feisty little character, who resisted being pushed towards his stable by the Keepers, bellowing protest. Finally, the Keepers were told to simply walk away, and, predictably, rather than find himself alone again, he was happy just to follow.

Solango  Solango with keeper

For a few hours after being brought in, he cried a lot, fearful of his new surroundings and the strangeness of those that were doing their best to comfort him. However, once he spotted the other orphans as they came in for the night, he immediately calmed down, and began to accept milk. Overcome with exhaustion, that night he slept "like a baby", and the next morning he was one of the gang, adored by both Nasalot and Mulika, who are always overjoyed to welcome a new member to their elephant "family". Mweya looked somewhat askance at the newcomer, as usual, and Sweet Sally's passion for sucking the Keepers' fingers over-rode all other concerns. Thoma was bent on putting him in his place, a bit "pushy" and Seraa simply ignored him, which means that she probably did know him, but was not yet ready to play - and nor was he.

Solango at Voi taking a midday mudbath

Solango was very brave and already proved to be a forceful character, no doubt the makings of a dominant bull in the fullness of time, his genes honed through millennia by evolution in a challenging environment where only the fittest of the fit ever make it. When he wanted his milk, he wanted it then and there and even though tiny, he never hesitated to shove the Keepers all over the place! His sunburnt ears had to be protected from the sun, so a Keeper was always in attendance, holding aloft a large umbrella, and his little body sheltered from the chill of the Nairobi wind by a soft blanket strapped around his middle.

Solango  Solango and Thoma taking the lead

In 2013 Solango went wild with his friend Burra from the Voi Unit, and now roams the plains of Tsavo East as an adult bull elephant.

Serra and Solango on the right

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