A young approximately 20 year old female elephant mother was sighted on the 22nd of September and appeared healthy while happily playing with her two calves near Enkikwei an area in the Mara North Conservancy. The older of her two calves was approximately seven years old and male while the younger baby was estimated to be approximately 10 – 11 months old male. Tragically on the 23rd of September the same mother was discovered dead but with no visible injuries. This came as a terrible shock to both the Mara North Conservancy Management and the DSWT funded mobile veterinary team based in the Masai Mara who responded to the case. Signs of acute Gastroenteritis were evident and to this day it remains a mystery as to what could have possibly killed her so rapidly unless she had eaten something poisonous. She was found dead a few meters away from the Musiara entrance gate of the Masai Mara near the Masai village called Enkikwei where she was sighted the previous day.
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9 years old
23 September 2014
Maasai Mara, Mara North Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
20 November 2013
Age at Rescue
10 months old (approx)
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Enkikwe at the watering hole with wild bulls
Kamok and Enkikwe enjoy pushing games
Esampu Rapa Enkikwe play in the water
Mteto greets Enkikwe with his trunk
Naseku, Enkikwe and Wiva
Naboishu, Enkikwe and Kauro browsing