Amali means ‘hope’ in Swahili. It is a very fitting name for this little elephant, given the extraordinary circumstances she overcame to survive. Now, Amali is one of our unique orphans who will grow up at Umani Springs.
The Tsavo ecosystem, like much of Kenya, was in the grips of a brutal drought in 2022. Without adequate browse, elephants struggle enormously. It is often the youngest who are the first to fall. Their mothers can barely sustain themselves, let alone produce ample milk for their babies. When a calf grows too weak to keep up with their herd, their family must make the heartbreaking choice to abandon them.
On 14th October, Wildlife Works was patrolling Rukinga Ranch when they spotted a young elephant calf on her own. They spent the next several hours trailing her, in the hopes that her herd would retrieve her, but no one came back for her.
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.
2 years old
14 October 2022
Tsavo Ecosystem, Taita-Taveta
Date of Birth (approximate)
10 October 2020
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
Umani Springs Reintegration Unit
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Amali and Mwana
Zongoloni and Amali
Amali and Murera
Mwashoti and Amali playing
Amali, Mwana and Quanza