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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 SWEET SALLY  Female  February 2001 Sweet Waters Ranch  6 Months old  Her mother being so traumatized by their relocation to Meru abandoned her  Orphaned During Relocation 

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12/28/2017 - It was a nice beginning to the day with the stockade dependant orphan elephants drinking a morning milk bottle and settling down for the supplement feeding. They had some very brief games at the compound before following Lentili and Ishaq-B to the browsing grounds.

An hour after the juniors departure, Ndara, baby Neptune, Seraa, Tassia, Lempaute, Siria, Mzima, Sweet Sally, baby Safi, Kivuko, Lesanju, and Taveta in the company of a wild bull elephant came to the stockades and proceeded to empty the water trough as they quenched their thirst.

The missing members of the group were seen browsing close to the middle water hole. Taveta and Lempaute were side by side the entire time whilst they were in the stockade compound, while Sweet Sally was happy to allow Seraa to play nanny to Safi. The Ex Orphan group remained at the stockades for more than half an hour before they returned to the Park.

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 Aitong and Sweet Sally at the stockades Aitong and Sweet Sally
Aitong and Sweet Sally at the stockades
photo taken on 6/1/2007
Aitong and Sweet Sally
photo taken on 5/1/2007


On a tiny Ranch near Nanyuki called “Sweetwaters” a baby elephant was born in February 2001. She and her mother were amongst others moved to Meru National Park because their home Sweet Waters ranch was obviously too small an environment for them, and every time they stepped off the ranch they were in direct conflict with human settlement and cultivation. Along with 52 other elephants it was decided by The Kenya Wildlife Services to relocate this group to Meru National Park. This was a successful mission, but for Sweet Sally’s mother who made the long journey with her calf the journey and new environment proved too much for her and she was so traumatized on arrival that she just ran and ran, leaving the calf behind. Failure to locate her meant that the calf had to be treated as an orphan, and on the 25th July 2001 she was flown to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Nursery in Nairobi National Park, there to join three other infant elephant orphans and be nurtured and reared through the fragile first year of infancy. She is called ‘Sally’ to honour the memory of brave Sally Dunne, who died of cancer May 2001, and ‘Sweet’ to identify her origin.

Although on arrival Sweet Sally was a very sad little elephant, with the haunting memory of her mother and family all too clear, she settled in well, mothered and protected by Mulika.

Sweet Sally arrives and is taken to her stable  Sweet Sally being carried in a sling

Sweet Sally  Sweet Sally going into her night stable

Sweet Sally with keepers in Tsavo

She grew into a fine elephant and moved to Tsavo where for a long time she was protected by Aitong.

Aitong and Sweet Sally

Now Sweet Sally roams the vast wild plains of Tsavo in Emily's herd with her own wild first born baby Safi, and in this way Sally Dunne’s wishes have come true. Through this Elephant she will always be in the place she loved the most in life.    

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