Kamboyo's Story

During the afternoon of 28th March 2006, our Mtito De-Snaring Team, on their way to book two poachers arrested in the Tsavo Triangle, came across a lone young bull elephant calf crossing the road about 4kms. from the Triangle Park Mtito Entrance Gate.He looked thin, and was obviously an orphan of about 6 - 8 months old. Having completed their business in the nearby town of Mtito Andei, they returned to capture the orphan, who was still in the same place and who did not put up much of a struggle. His legs were bound, and he was transported to the nearest airfield at the Kamboyo Park Headquarters of Tsavo West National Park, where he was secured to a tree in a standing position, to await the arrival of the rescue plane on its way from Nairobi and cooled down with wet mud. It is believed that this orphan could be a victim of 'problem animal control', having been separated from his mother when a herd of elephants was recently chased out of a nearby Wakama settlement known as Mangaleti.

Kamboyo's Story

He calmed down very quickly and was able to join the other nursery orphans in the forest at 3.00pm the day after his rescue. While out in the bush with the orphans and Keepers it was obvious to see that he was enjoying being among his own kind again, staying close to the others at all times.
Komboyo is the same age as Zurura, and in 2007 they were moved down together to the Ithumba Reintegration Unit. From there they have safely made their way back into the wild, visiting the Ithumba Unit every now and then to check on their human family, the Keepers, and the dependent orphans currently under their care.

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Adopt Kamboyo 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

14 years old

Gender

Male

Rescued date

29 March 2006

Rescue Location

Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo West NP

Date of Birth (approximate)

29 July 2005

Reason Orphaned

Problem animal control

Age at Rescue

7 months old (approx)

Current Location

Living Wild

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Monthly water colour by Angela Sheldrick.

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