This orphaned elephant calf was spotted by a tribesman in the South Turkana National Reserve at about 1 p.m. on the 21st February 2011, at a place called “Kainuk”, the mother having died just moments before, her body still warm and her tusks still intact. There were no obvious evidence of bullet wounds so she could possibly have been a victim of drought since her calf was very emaciated, the cheekbones prominent and the cheeks sunken. This would suggest that the calf had not been getting sufficient milk to sustain health possibly due to the poor condition of the mother. The tribesman reported the presence of the dead elephant and its calf to the Head of Security and the Senior Warden of Mt. Elgon National Park who initiated the rescue of the orphaned calf and retrieved the ivory of its dead mother.
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11 years old
22 February 2011
South Turkana, South Turkana National Reserve
Date of Birth (approximate)
4 July 2010
Age at Rescue
7 months old (approx)
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Mutara, Kainuk and Mambo
Kainuk at the mud bath
Kainuk and mutara
Kainuk resting her head on Nabulu
Kainuk playing Enkikwe
Suguta, Sities, Kainuk with baby Lapa
Kainuk, Mutara and Musiara
Kainuk dust bathing