An elephant of approximately four years old was orphaned on the plains of the Masai Mara, but it was thought and hoped that he would be old enough to survive without his mother and assimilate back into his family herd and continue life in the wild. His story was to be different however, as he lived an isolated life on his own from that point on. Lodge owners in the Mara and their guests watched this little lonely elephant for months hoping that one day he would be scooped up, but it never seemed to happen.
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6 years old
25 November 2016
Masai Mara, Naboisho Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
14 October 2012
Age at Rescue
4 years old (approx)
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Kelelari and Karisa at the watering hole
Kelelari splashes around in the water
Kelelari went on to the truck for the first time
Kelelari not wanting to go into the lorry
Kelelari was unlucky with lucerne today!
They thought Kelelari was too big!
Kelelari was not phased
Ndotto behind Kelelari