It always happens on a Sunday! During the morning of Sunday 15th August, a phone call from our De-Snaring Team Leader in Voi alerted us to the fact that a young female elephant had been rescued near the Galana river, about 10 miles from the Sala Gate on the Eastern boundary of Tsavo National Park. She was approximately 1 year old, and had been found all alone in a patch of thick salt-bush bordering the river by some visitors, who happened to spot a small foot poking out.They surrounded her and comforted her, whilst our De-Snaring Team Leader made the phone call to Nairobi, advising us that the elephant was fragile and weak and should be air-lifted to the Nairobi Nursery, being still milk dependent and orphaned at a difficult age.
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16 years old
15 August 2004
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 April 2003
Age at Rescue
1 year old (approx)
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Ex-orphan Galana became a mother for the first time at 13-years-old when little Gawa was born. As a very tiny calf, Head Keeper Benjamin couldn`t quite figure out what was sheltering under Galana`s belly until they came closer. Just hours old, Gawa was still wobbly on her feet and pink behind the ears when first introduced to the Keepers!
Galana with her baby Gawa
Galana and Gawa
Galana sharing Lucerne with Gawa
Galana and Gawa
Gawa and Galana at the mud bath
Galana's group at the water trough
Galana's group arrive in the evening
Galana carrying Lucerne and Gawa,