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.
21 years old
15 August 1999
Samburu, Namunyak Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 April 1999
Trapped in a well
Age at Rescue
4 months old (approx)
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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 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.
Eco is Edie's third wild-born calf, after Ella (2009) and Eden (2015). Eco is Edie's first male calf and was born in July at the height of the dry season. We first met Eco on 15th November 2019, after Edie - alongside Mweya with her first born calf Mwitu - made the journey back to our Voi Reintegration Unit to introduce her newest calf to her human family, after the rains had fallen, as before then it would have been impossible due to a lack of food and water en-route. This photo features Eco and Mwitu on 18th November 2019.
Edie, Mweya & Nguvu with the orphan herd
Eco suckling Edie
Eco rubbing on terrace with Edie
Edie's herd at the water trough
Edie and Mweya with their calves, Eco & Mwitu
Mweya, Mwitu, Eco and Edie
Edie with Eco and Mwetu