Tsavo was hit particularly hard by the 2021-2022 drought. Kenderi is one of the ‘Voi kids,’ an older orphan who was rescued from the Tsavo ecosystem and brought directly to our Voi Reintegration Unit.
On 22nd August 2022, a three-year-old orphan was reported at the Sentrim campsite in Tsavo East National Park. She was tellingly thin, very alone and very frightened. Sadly, these sights were all-too-common during the drought: As food depleted, mother elephants were left with a reduced milk supply. Eventually, their undernourished calves were no longer able to keep up with the herd. During difficult times, wildlife must be singularly focused on survival — and thus, the weakest are left behind.
The Voi Keepers reported to the scene. They along with KWS spent several hours trying to trace her family, but there were no other elephants in the area. Once KWS determined that she was an orphan, the team organised a rescue. Because of her older age and proximity to Voi, she was taken to our Voi Reintegration Unit, in the hope that maybe one day she will reunite with her natal herd.
Important Note: Thank you for considering an adoption. Each orphan needs more than one foster parent: your adoption donation will be processed by the SWT UK and Kenya to help all the orphans in our care.
4 years old
22 August 2022
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
3 February 2019
Age at Rescue
3 years old (approx)
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Akina and Kenderi
Murit and Kenderi
Kenderi and Lasayen having lucerne
Emoli and Kenderi infront browsing
Lasayen, Kenderi, Thamana and Ashanti