On the 23rd of August visitors to Tsavo East came across a calf collapsed and barely breathing along the Voi river circuit. The drought in the southern sector of Tsavo has really hit wildlife hard, particularly the elephants that have remained in that area, with many Mums’ and their calves succumbing to the dry conditions, because while water remains it’s the scarcity of food that is the challenge. Sadly the mothers with young calves have been unable to travel the distances required to find better browse, so choose to remain anchored close to water points, and because of this they are more often than not the first casualties of such brutal droughts. This area of Tsavo is experiencing one of the worst in many decades, with poor rains for two years in a row, so in the recent months we have experienced as many as 100 elephants dying from this 2017 drought in the southern area of Tsavo, and sadly numerous calves, found too late to save.
3 years old
23 August 2017
Date of Birth (approximate)
5 November 2016
Age at Rescue
9 months old (approx)
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Ngilai borwisng with Emoli
Emoli and Sagala testing the water
Ngilai playing with Emoli after mud bath
Ngilai playing with Emoli
Nelion, Emoli and Ngilai browsing together
Emoli left and Mbegu