Estimated to have been between 2 - 6 weeks old when orphaned, and therefore born in August 1999, this little female elephant, comes from far-off legendary Marsabit Mountain, where a once beautiful mist forest harbouring many endemic plants and birds today struggles to survive the depredation of a burgeoning human population. Icholta was rescued from the mud of a drying waterhole of that name, where she was bogged and abandoned by her herd who were unable to risk venturing in to pull her free. She was minute for her age, with soft fuzz on her head and body, but also with good coordination, so we guessed her to be older than she looked.
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20 years old
1 September 1999
Northern Kenya, Marsabit National Reserve
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 August 1999
Stuck in mud
Age at Rescue
1 month old (approx)
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Inca is very active, playful and very brave; he`s been spotted stealing milk from Safia`s mother, Sweet Sally and when caught, puts up a afight before running for cover under his mother`s legs. His nannie is Mweya.
Icholta with her babies
Icholta, Inca, Thor and Thoma arrive at the stockades
Icholta leading stockade orphans to browse
Icholta arriving at the stockade
Stockade dependent orphans follow Icholta
Icholta scratching her bottom
Icholta resting her leg
Inca with her mum Icholta