This elephant was born in Tsavo East National Park, and at a particularly troubled period in that Park’s history, when Somali poachers armed with automatic weapons invaded the Park, and along with corrupt elements within the notorious Wildlife Management and Conservation Department of the Government, massacred elephants for ivory, and rhinos for their horns, aided and abetted by people in high places who were busy enriching themselves by this means. The wholesale slaughter went on without respite for the three decades following the departure and death of David Sheldrick in 1977, reducing the Tsavo elephant population from 20,000 to just 5,000, and practically entirely eliminating the rhinos. Only in 1989 when the trade in Ivory and Rhino horn was banned by the International Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), was poaching within the Protected Areas brought under some semblance of control.
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34 years old
15 July 1989
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 January 1987
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
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