During one of our Chyulu Desnaring Team’s routine patrols on the 18th of August in the Kibwezi forest, they came across a tiny elephant calf of about 5 months old stuck in a drying waterhole on the boundary with the community in an area called 'Kithasyo' and managed to extract the calf assisted by the community. We chose to name the calf “Chyulu” (Pronounced Chulu) since it is the first elephant rescued in the newly created Chyulu National Park created to try and preserve the indigenous forests that clothe the Chyulu Hills abutting Tsavo West National Park. The waterhole in question is often frequented by elephants, since it is the last to dry during the dry season making it a hot-spot for poaching, which is rife in the area. A female elephant was, in fact, found poached some l0 days ago, and it is believed that this could be the mother of the calf.
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13 years old
18 August 2006
Tsavo Ecosystem, Chyulu Hills
Date of Birth (approximate)
5 May 2006
Age at Rescue
3 months old (approx)
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Orphans coming down from the Chyulu hills
The orphans browsing along the Chyulu Hills
Sonje browsing in Chyulu Hills
Shukuru on the Chyulu hills
Naserian, Sidai and Chyulu
Lualeni Lulu and Chyulu
Murera going up into the Chyulu Hills
Zongoloni walking up Chyulu Hills