The evening of 6th December, 2006, and a call from our Chyulu De-Snaring Team made our hearts sink, alerting us to the fact that another young orphaned elephant had been spotted by members of the Community abutting the forest wandering around entirely alone. It is a great tribute to the Community outreach work of our Chyulu De-Snaring Team that members of this previously very un-ele-friendly community took the trouble to walk a long distance to their Camp in the Chyulu Hills to report the presence of this orphan, rather than either just allowing it to die, or killing it, which is what would undoubtedly have previously been done.Right now, however, there was nothing we could do for he was extremely aggressive, and at two years old, armed with short tusks, even though weak, was still able to inflict serious injury should he succeed in pinning a Keeper against the bars of his Stockade. Clearly, this young newcomer, at this age, was yet another challenge, set to be a difficult customer, and the prognosis about being able to save his life was not encouraging.
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15 years old
6 December 2006
Tsavo Ecosystem, Chyulu Hills
Date of Birth (approximate)
2 December 2004
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
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Kasigau and Kenze
Buchuma and Kenze with the orphans
Kenze having a drink of water
Kenze and Naisula
Kenze with little Mundusi
Ngasha and friends crossing to Kenze Hills
Quanza foraging in the Kenze Hill forest