On the morning of the 4th of February 2019, a newborn elephant wandered into a village bordering the Chyulu Hills. Why a calf so young had been abandoned, remains a mystery. However, we must surmise that his herd was disturbed as they ventured onto community lands, and in the chaos, he was left behind. Given his sorry state, he must have travelled far: His tiny feet were covered in lacerations from the lava fields that jut out of the land surrounding the Chyulus. This precarious terrain presents a hazard for any creature, let alone one with such tender footpads as a newborn elephant. No elephant herds had been sighted in the vicinity, dashing any hopes of reuniting him with his mother.
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23 months old
4 February 2019
Tsavo Ecosystem, Chyulu Hills
Date of Birth (approximate)
31 January 2019
Age at Rescue
0 weeks old (approx)
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Bondeni out in the plains
Bondeni slowly enjoying his milk
Bondeni being playful at the mud bath
Bondeni having fun with one of his Keepers
Bondeni playfully charging around the forest
Sweet Bondeni lying down
Bondeni dust bathing after the mud bath
Bondeni snuggled up in his blanket