The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: SALAMA  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 SALAMA  Male  June 1999 Rumaruti / Laikipia  3 Months Old  Found in a crop field aftter his herd were chased away by irate tribesmen in Rumaruti  Problem Animal Control 

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Most Recent Keeper's Diary Entry: (view all the latest entries for SALAMA)

1/19/2010 - As the orphans were approaching the northern slopes of Mazinga Hill, the Keepers were surprised to see Shira and Siria raising their trunks and rumbling as they ran round the corner of the hill. When the Keepers caught up with them they were surprised to find them with Emily and Edie and their entourage. All then fed together until it was mudbath time when they went together to the waterhole at noon, and there enjoyed a wonderful and joint bathing session, Lolokwe, Salama and Nyiro playing with Siria. Lolokwe and Salama grabbed the same piece of cloth floating on the water that Shimba had enjoyed, and likewise began striking it against the water, taking turn and turn about, whilst Icholta used a dry stick to scratch her belly. Laikipia and Salama engaged one another in a pushing match. Siria was having such a good time that he forewent his bottle of milk when it arrived in the Pickup, but took it later after all the action had finished. When the Youngsters left the Waterhole, Icholta remained with them for a while, but then rumbled and returned to Emily’s group who were moving towards the airstrip.

The Two Latest Photos of SALAMA: (view gallery of pictures for SALAMA)

 Aitong, Edie, Natumi and Salama Salama, Emily and Icholta
Aitong, Edie, Natumi and Salama
photo taken on 3/4/2001
Salama, Emily and Icholta
photo taken on 10/4/2000


A male calf estimated to have been born in June 1999 and therefore 3 months old on arrival, Salama is named for the village near which he was captured, and has the distinction of being the only elephant in the world to have been formally "arrested" in the wild! His herd went crop-raiding and Salama paid the price, frog-marched by irate tribesmen to the nearest Police Station. The Police called the Kenya Wildlife Service, and they called us. Salama is lucky indeed to have been rescued, for he comes from the troubled Laikipia population of refugee elephants who have fled from the North due to poaching, and who try to eke out an existence within an area densely populated by a farming connumity. Consequently, these elephants are always in trouble.

Baby Salama

Salama is tough, hardened to hardship. His strength of character is reflected in supreme confidence among his peers. He can also be a little "pushy" - in the Swahili language known affectionately by the Keepers as "mangaa" or in other words "mischievous". He, Laikipia and Lolokwe, others with strong Northern genes, are fiercely competitive. He was always very courageous, usually the first to back up Imenti to chase away any intruders.

Salama with Daphne Sheldrick and Keepers  Aitong, Emily, Salama, Nyiro, Mweiga

Aitong, Edie, Natumi and Salama  Salama, Emily and Icholta

Of all our orphans, Salama was one of the most outgoing, full of nonsense and we always thought he would be a force to reckon with when grown. We are delighted he is living a full and happy life in the wilds of Tsavo.    

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