Wild Born Babies

Meet some of the baby elephants (and a rhino) born to orphans that are living back in the wild.

Over the years, orphaned elephants and rhinos hand reared through our Orphans’ Project and living back in the wild have gone on to have their own wild born young, showing the difference rescuing just one orphan can have for the whole species.

To date, we know of 31 wild born elephant calves because their mothers, orphans living back in the wild, have chosen to share their new bundles of joy with us by returning to our Reintegration Units sometime after the birth. However, we are certain there are many more wild born babies, fathered by male orphans living back in the wild who have mated with female wild elephants. There is also a wild born rhino calf, in the shape of Sultan, a black rhino born into the Nairobi National Park rhino population. All are protected by our Anti-Poaching and Aerial Surveillance Projects, carried out in partnership with the KWS and funded by our global supporters.

Wild born babies

Lugard

Male

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Date of birth:

3 January 2007

Mother:

Lissa

Unnamed

Female

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Date of birth:

23 August 2006

Mother:

Mpenzi

Unnamed

Female

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Date of birth:

1 June 2006

Mother:

Eleanor

Lali

Female

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Date of birth:

22 November 2002

Mother:

Lissa

Lara

Female

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Date of birth:

15 January 1999

Mother:

Lissa

Unnamed

Female

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Date of birth:

1 June 1996

Mother:

Eleanor

Donald

Male

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Date of birth:

1 December 1995

Mother:

Mary

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