It might seem contradictory for such a magnificent creature, but elephants struggle the most during the dry season. This is nature’s equilibrium at work: As an apex species, elephants would have few threats to their survival in an ideal world. To balance the scales, nature made them fragile. Elephants have inefficient digestive systems and require great quantities of vegetation to sustain themselves. Scarcity of food has lethal implications, so during drought conditions, they are on a constant quest for life-sustaining browse. It is usually the very young or the very old who fall first, but no elephant is safe from the drought. Such was sadly the case for Choka’s mother.
Important Note: Thank you for considering an adoption. Each orphan needs more than one foster parent: your adoption donation will be processed by the SWT UK and Kenya to help all the orphans in our care.
18 months old
8 November 2021
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
2 November 2020
Age at Rescue
12 months old (approx)
Personalised adoption certificate.
Monthly email update on your orphan and the project.
Monthly water colour by Angela Sheldrick.
Access to special content; latest Keepers' Diaries, videos and photos
Little Choka behind Tingai
Roho, Choka, Naleku and Lodo mud bathing
Esoit, Choka and Bondeni in the forest
Choka enjoying his milk
Mukutan, Sagateisa, Kamili, Tingai and Choka
Oldepe, Choka, and Mukutan walking in the forest
Choka and Mukutan out in the forest together
Choka and Sagateisa in the forest together