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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2 years 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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Kindani and Bondeni snug in their blankets
Rama with Kinyei, Kindani and Bondeni
Maktao, Kindani, Bondeni and Kinyei
Bondeni, Kinyei and Kindani
Kinyei, Bondeni, and Kindani having a drink
Bondeni and Rama cuddling
Roho, Bondeni and Kinyei cuddling
Bondeni and Naleku browsing near each other