At first glance, Elerai painted a deceiving picture: He had large, robust tusks, which initially made one mistake him for a much older elephant. A closer look, however, revealed that he was actually very young and very vulnerable. If he was to make it through the drought, he needed help.
Elerai was first spotted on 30th September 2022, forlornly wandering the swamplands on the fringes of Lake Amboseli. The Amboseli ecosystem was hit hard by the drought, and many elephants — particularly the very old and the very young — struggled to survive amidst the challenging conditions. He was clearly yet another victim.
The SWT/KWS Amboseli Mobile Vet Unit reported to the scene and concluded that the calf was indeed an orphan. KWS greenlit a rescue, and we quickly assembled a team to bring the calf to our Nairobi Nursery. The entire operation went smoothly. The calf was very weak, so he didn’t put up much resistance as he was captured on the ground and handed over to the Keepers, who accompanied him on the flight to Nairobi.
Important Note: Thank you for considering an adoption. Each orphan needs more than one foster parent: your adoption donation will be processed by the SWT UK and Kenya to help all the orphans in our care.
3 years old
30 September 2022
Amboseli Ecosystem, Amboseli Environs
Date of Birth (approximate)
25 September 2020
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
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Elerai peacefully browsing
Elerai with his ear flares browsing
Elerai with the Nursery herd
Elerai and Loldaiga
Elerai and Ahmed
Elerai and Sholumai
Choka, Elerai and Tingai