Edie's Story

Estimated to have been born in April 1999, this female calf was about 4 months when rescued from a well on the Namunyak Group Ranch North of Lewa Downs. Her family had struggled all night unsuccessfully to try and retrieve her, but had to leave when tribesmen and their cattle turned up. She endured a rough ride in a lorry before being flown first to Lewa Downs Airstrip and from there by Charter plane to Nairobi. She is named "Edie" by special request of the Craig family who own Lewa Downs Ranch, to honour the memory of one of their donors named "Evie". The closest Samburu word we could find to "Evie" was "Edie" which means "over there" and with the approval of the late Evie's family, we thought this more appropriate. For many weeks Edie suffered from deep depression grieving for her lost elephant family, and was very sore and bruised from her fall, able only to lie on one side of her body for more than a month. In all other respects, she was not in bad condition and tender loving care from both the Keepers and the other elephants soon made her happy again.Ilingwezi is her best friend in those days, but now she travels as part of Emily's herd with her two wild born calves, Ella and Eden, and we are very happy to see them whenever they pass through the Voi stockades.

Edie's Story

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Adopt Edie for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Current age

20 years old

Gender

Female

Rescued date

15 August 1999

Rescue Location

Samburu, Namunyak Conservancy

Date of Birth (approximate)

1 April 1999

Reason Orphaned

Drought related

Age at Rescue

4 months old (approx)

Current Location

Living Wild

Edie's featured photos

Our digital adoption programme includes the following:

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

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Edie's Calves

Meet Edie's wild born offspring.

Ella

Female

Ella was born during the long rains, when Tsavo was full of lush browse. Her mum is Edie, an orphan living back in the wild.

Eden

Female

Eden is very shy and takes life at her own pace. Unlike the others, she doesn`t seem to enjoy pushing games and is seen as a bit of a coward. A Mummy`s girl, she loves spending time with Edie and her nanny Ndara.

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Edie's Latest Photos

Edie resting her trunk

Eve protecting little sister Emma

Edie Eden and Emma visit

Eden and Emma playing

Ella playing nicely with Inca

Eden and her mother Edie

Edie, Eden and Safi

Edie scratching on a rock