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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7/31/2014 - The close of the month saw the arrival of Edie, Icholta, Mweya, Lolokwe, Irima, Seraa, Thoma, Ndara and Edie’s calf. Emily and her calf together with Sweet Sally and others like Laikipia were missing. It was suspected that they had left the others behind, as the ex-orphans that came to the stockade seemed in a hurry. Although it was a brief visit, Mweya could not go unnoticed as she played some amazing acrobatic games to impress the small ones. Mzima found himself in a fix when he was cornered by both Icholta and Thoma engaging him head on. Emily group didn’t come to the stockade and it’s assumed they have travelled far away in the search for green vegetation as the drought continues.

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

 Sweet Sally with keepers in Tsavo Sweet Sally and Julius
Sweet Sally with keepers in Tsavo
photo taken on 10/3/2003
Sweet Sally and Julius
photo taken on 12/10/2002


On a tiny Ranch near Nanyuki called “Sweetwaters” a baby elephant was born in Feb 2001. She and her mother were amongst others moved to Meru National Park because their home Sweet Waters ranch was obviously too small an enviroment for them, and everytime 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 has settled in well, mothered and protected by Mulika and one day “Sweet Sally” will roam the vast wild places of Africa and in this way Sally Dunne’s wishes will come true. Through this Elephant she will always be in the place she loved the most in life.    

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