Araba's Story

A seriously injured and ill elephant was brought to the attention of the DSWT/KWS Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit on the 19th of October, seen on the plains between Ndara and Dakota Tsavo East National Park. Remaining by her side was her small calf. The cow had multiple horrific arrow injuries, and due to septicaemia the prognosis regarding her recovery has very guarded. She was immobilised for treatment and meanwhile the calf remained nearby. When revived she was too weak to be able to stand, despite being helped with straps around her tusks, and she slipped away before everyone’s eyes.

Araba's Story

A seriously injured and ill elephant was brought to the attention of the DSWT/KWS Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit on the 19th of October, seen on the plains between Ndara and Dakota Tsavo East National Park. Remaining by her side was her small calf. The cow had multiple horrific arrow injuries, and due to septicaemia the prognosis regarding her recovery has very guarded. She was immobilised for treatment and meanwhile the calf remained nearby. When revived she was too weak to be able to stand, despite being helped with straps around her tusks, and she slipped away before everyone’s eyes. 

All attention now focused on rescuing her still milk dependent calf and the Voi Keepers and Anti-Poaching Team, together with DSWT Field Manager Trevor Jennings were called to assist. Once the teams arrived they were able to capture the female calf without anesthetisation and she was loaded into the waiting Landcruiser and driven slowly back through the Park to the Voi stockades where she was placed in a taming stockade. 

The presence of the other orphans had a calming effect on the newcomer and she instantly took milk from a bucket. It was a couple of days before she was sufficiently tame to take milk from a hand held bottle but once this had been accomplished she settled rapidly. We gave her the name ‘Araba’ meaning Elephant in the Waliangulu tribal language and estimated her age on arrival to be just under two years old, still very much a milk dependent candidate.  

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Adopt Araba for yourself or as a gift.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the SWT family, it is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Current Age

6 years old

Gender

Female

Rescued date

19 October 2015

Rescue Location

Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP

Date of Birth (approximate)

1 December 2013

Reason Orphaned

Poaching

Age at Rescue

22 months old (approx)

Current Location

Voi Reintegration Unit

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Araba left and Rorogoi

Kenia, Araba and Ndii

Ndii and Araba browsing

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Ndii left, Kenia and Araba

Araba splashing water & Kenia

Ndotto and Araba

Araba scratching