In mid May an orphaned elephant was reported on Elkarama Ranch in Laikipia, a milk dependent calf of approximately 2 ½ years old had been observed over a period of three weeks. There was no evidence of a dead mother, and when the elephant herds passed through during this time he would sometimes join them, but always on the periphery and then he would be left behind once they moved on. A pride of 20 lions in the area posed a huge threat to this lonely little elephant who very definitely was without a family. His plight was reported to the authorities and to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. He was a touch and go case to be flown out by aircraft given his size, but it was clear that with each passing day his condition was deteriorating. The DSWT/KWS Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit was mobilised with KWS veterinary officer Dr. Rono and the capture unit rangers to mount a rescue.
8 years old
15 May 2015
Laikipia, El Karama Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
20 November 2012
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
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Elkerama enjoying a mud bath
Elkerama running to catch up with the others
Elkerama swimming in the middle of the pool
Elkerama and Nelion drinking water
Elkerama and Nelion down in a bathing competition
Elkerama taking his own milk bottle
Lentili, left, with Nelion and Elkerama
Elkerama running away from Ndoria