Icholta's Story

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.

Icholta's Story

Like all the infants her beginning was fraught, and she became very emaciated cutting her first molars in the Nairobi Nursery, and we were fearful that she might not be able to pull through, but thankfully she did. Amazingly Icholta right from the get go had a passion for water and savored her mud baths, which is unusual given the reason for her being orphaned in the first place.

A very friendly and loving character, with a beautiful face, charming disposition and deep brown eyes fringed with long lashes; a great favorite with all the other elephants as well as her Keepers, Icholta was part of the Nursery eight that all arrived around a similar time, stars of the Geri Ellis book called Wild Orphans. Some of her Nursery mates from infancy were Laikipia, Lolokwe and Edie who to this day remain by her side.

Adopt Icholta for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Adopt Icholta for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Current age

19 years old

Gender

Female

Rescued date

1 September 1999

Rescue Location

Northern Kenya, Marsabit National Reserve

Date of Birth (approximate)

1 August 1999

Reason Orphaned

Stuck in mud

Age at Rescue

1 month old (approx)

Current Location

Living Wild

Icholta's featured photos

Our digital adoption programme includes the following:

Personalised adoption certificate.

Monthly email update on your orphan and the project.

Monthly water colour by Angela Sheldrick.

Access to special content; latest Keepers' Diaries, videos and photos

Give Icholta the gift of life by adopting today.

Icholta's Calves

Meet Icholta's wild born offspring.

Inca

Male

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.

Latest updates featuring Icholta

Updates: Ex Orphan Emily successfully navigates her herd through the drought of 2017

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Updates: Born Wild - Ex Orphan Thoma Has a Baby

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Updates: An update on Inca

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Icholta's Latest Photos

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