The 21st March began as a particularly fraught day for us with the news that two orphaned elephants were in need of rescue at different ends of the country, one having fallen down a well in the Namunyak Conservancy in Northern Kenya (rescued separately), and the other most likely a victim of poaching in Tsavo East National Park near to the huge lone rock named “Sobo”, close to the Eastern boundary of the Park. Were this not enough, we then received the tragic news that one of our Elephant Keepers based at the Voi Rehabilitation unit had collapsed and died very suddenly and unexpectedly whilst out in the bush with the orphans. It is testament to the commitment and professionalism of our team that they were able to continue efficiently and effectively with the important rescue of the young calf from Tsavo despite the shock of losing a colleague so unexpectedly.
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6 years old
21 March 2016
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
25 December 2014
Age at Rescue
14 months old (approx)
Ithumba Reintegration Unit
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Galla and Roi snuggling
Galla challenging Mapia
Roi trying to steal some of Galla's milk
Tusuja, Namalok and Galla browsing
Tusuja playing with Galla
Enkikwe taking food from Galla's mouth
Sapalan and Rapa against Galla
Lemoyian playing with Galla