The 21st of March began as a particularly fraught day for us, beginning 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, and the other possibly a victim of poaching in Tsavo East National Park found near a 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 suddenly collapsed and died very suddenly and unexpectedly whilst out in the bush with the orphans, which was heart-breaking for all the DSWT team.
6 years old
21 March 2016
Samburu, Namunyak Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
20 February 2016
Trapped in a well
Age at Rescue
0 months old (approx)
Ithumba Reintegration Unit
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Monthly watercolour by Angela Sheldrick.
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Sapalan, Jotto, Malpia and Mteto
Jotto and Mapia sparring
Naboishu climbs on Jotto
Rapa and Jotto browsing
Jotto and Kithaka at the water trough
Maramoja and Jotto browsing