“Emily” is estimated to have been born in Tsavo West National Park in September 1993. She was just l month old when her family were crossing from Tsavo West into Tsavo East, passing the Manyani Prison Camp en route, and in the process this tiny calf fell down a disused pit latrine. The herd milled around helplessly, confused and traumatized, which attracted Rangers from the nearby Manyani Entrance Gate to the Park. As the Rangers approached, the herd moved a short distance away, following which the calf was able to be pulled out of the pit, but she emerged covered in stinking human faeces. An attempt to reunite her with her mother failed, due to the human scent on the baby which was so over-powering that the mother did not recognize her baby as even an elephant, and flung the calf aside before running away in terror.
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29 years old
15 November 1993
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 October 1993
Trapped in septic pit
Age at Rescue
1 month old (approx)
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Eve is the first calf of Emily, an orphan living back in the wild, who was born just before Christmas in 2008. Her primary nanny during her first few years was Edie, another orphan living back in the wild. Read more
This naughty little calf is very outgoing and is always seeking out new playmates, regardless of their age or size. She`s even been known to challenge big ex-orphans like Moran to pushing games. She loves meeting new friends and hanging out with Lesanju`s ex-orphan herd. Her nannies are sister, Eve and Moran. Read more
Leasanju visiting stockades with Emily herd
Seraa with Solar and Emily
Emily missing a tusk
Wild bull who was seen with Emily's herd
Emily and Emma
Emily's herd at the watering hole