Eleanor was a Samburu elephant, born in 1958 and the only surviving early orphan with whom we were able to keep in touch. She was orphaned when she was 2 years old and named for Lady Eleanor Renison, the wife of the then Governor of Kenya' who was in the party that found and saved her. Eleanor was found wandering on her own, but there was the carcass of a dead elephant nearby, presumably that of her mother, because no other elephants were in Samburu at the time.
61 years old
15 January 1960
Samburu, Samburu National Reserve
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 April 1958
Age at Rescue
1 year old (approx)
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Monthly water colour by Angela Sheldrick.
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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