This brave little girl is an orphan in the most tragic sense. She was found standing guard over her mother’s body, helpless yet fiercely protective. At the tender age of 2 and a half years, she was old enough to be sentient about the situation, but far too young to survive on her own in a drought year.
Her story began on the afternoon of 26th September 2022, when our SWT/KWS Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit was contacted about a dead female elephant in Manyani, Tsavo West National Park. She had left behind an orphaned calf, who was standing vigil by her side.
With heavy hearts, they captured the calf to transport her to the nearby Manyani airstrip, where the rescue plane would meet them.
Important Note: Thank you for considering an adoption. Each orphan needs more than one foster parent: your adoption donation will be processed by the SWT UK and Kenya to help all the orphans in our care.
3 years old
26 September 2022
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo West NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
27 March 2020
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
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Ahmed, Taabu and Rafiki
Tingai and Ahmed in the forest
Ahmed with little Pardamat
Ahmed in between Talek and Pardamat
Ahmed and Pardamat at the mud bath