Epiya is a plucky elephant who faced tragedy with remarkable bravery, after she lost her mother before her very eyes. She is one of the ‘Voi kids’, an older orphan who was rescued from the Tsavo ecosystem and brought directly to our Voi Reintegration Unit.
On 27th October 2022, the SWT/KWS Tsavo Mobile Vet Unit received reports of an ailing female elephant in the Sobo area of Tsavo East. They arrived to a grim scene: The female had wasted away and was too weak to stand. Further compounding the tragic situation, she was accompanied by her young daughter. Based on the calf’s poor condition, her mother had long since stopped being able to produce milk, which is another symptom of emaciation.
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
27 October 2022
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
20 April 2020
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
Voi Reintegration Unit
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Epiya and Kilulu browsing
Epiya left and Kenderi browsing
Epiya climbing on Tamiyoi
Tagwa and Epiya having a drink
Epiya standing next to Mbegu
Emoli & Epiya enjoying range cubes