16th November 2005, and an S.O.S. from our Ziwani De-Snaring Team Leader operating in Tsavo West National Park, that he had received a report the day before that a young elephant had been in amongst a herd of Cattle for the past eight days. The De-Snaring Team located the elephant at 11.00 am., still in amongst the herd of cattle, at a place called “Challa” (which means “Source of the Volcanic River”). At the request of the herdsmen who had reported his presence, the elephant orphan has been named “Challa”.
In attendance with “Challa” throughout the night, was one of our longest serving Keepers, who has a mysterious magic when it comes to handling any elephant. Sure enough, he worked his magic overnight, and first thing in the morning Daphne emerged to find the little elephant pressed close to him, having taken his bottles of weak milk formula during the night, and all the other elephants at the door of his Stockade to welcome and greet him! It was a very touching scene.
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19 years old
16 November 2005
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo West NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
24 August 2004
Man-made cause for separation
Age at Rescue
14 months old (approx)
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Challa relaxing in the shade
Challa stops at the water trough
Challa arrives early morning
Challa looking very magnificent
Challa with the orphans
Challa playing with Kilaguni