A female calf estimated to have been born in April 1999, this tiny female was only 2 weeks old when she was orphaned.She comes from the Il Ngwezi Group Ranch in Laikipia district, Northern Kenya, an area belonging to the Samburu tribe who have become conservation conscious and protect their wildlife for the benefit of visitors to their beautiful little self catering Lodge, which is a popular tourist destination. Revenue derived from tourism to the area benefits the community directly. Ilingwezi was rescued by the tribesmen, who herd an elephant commotion during the night and went out the next day to investigate. They found this tiny calf in a deep erosion gulley, signs of the other elephants' struggle to free her during the night very evident. She was unharmed, and flown to Nairobi that afternoon, arriving in good condition, one of the lucky few who has never needed the attentions of a Vet.
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24 years old
30 April 1999
Laikipia, Il Ngwesi Group Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 April 1999
Found in erosion gulley
Age at Rescue
0 months old (approx)
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Ilingwezi browsing in a field
Ilingwezi enjoys a bath
Ilingwezi & Emily
Ilingwezi at mudbath