Tsavo was badly affected by the drought in 2022. Hildana 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 8th August 2022, an elephant calf was reported at the water hole on a conservancy not far from Hildana Lodge in the Taita hills. He was on his own and in very poor condition. The calf repeatedly attempted to join passing family herds, but was rebuffed each time.
This scenario was tragically common during the drought: As food sources dwindled, mother elephants struggled to produce enough milk. Eventually, their undernourished calves grew too weak to keep up with their herd. In difficult times, wildlife must be singularly focused on survival. The weakest are left behind, and passing herds cannot afford to take a weak, milk-dependent calf under their wing.
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.
4 years old
8 August 2022
Tsavo Ecosystem, Taita Hills
Date of Birth (approximate)
10 August 2019
Age at Rescue
3 years old (approx)
Voi Reintegration Unit
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Hildana and Seri facing off
Kihari left, Godoma centre, and Hildana right
Lemeki and Hildana browsing
Hildana infront, other orphans behind
Epiya, Ashanti and Hildana coming for milk