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.
21 years old
15 August 1999
Samburu, Namunyak Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 April 1999
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