Eleanor was rescued in Samburu by Bill Woodley who was on Safari at the time with the Governer of Kenya and his wife, Sir Patrick and Lady Eleanor Renison. The reason for her being found abandoned was never clear, but it was thought the 1961 dramatic floods may have played their part.
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64 years old
15 January 1961
Samburu, Samburu National Reserve
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 April 1959
Age at Rescue
21 months old (approx)
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Several unconfirmed reports sighted Eleanor with a young calf in 1996. In 2006, Eleanor was sighted again with the same calf, now ten years old and pictured here.
In 2006, one of our Voi elephant Keepers sighted an ex-orphan, believed to be Eleanor, in the company of a new calf.
We think Eleanor and her wild family ambled by