Every elephant rescue brings its own set of challenges. This particular rescue, however, tested the limits. For this baby, being orphaned was just the first hurdle. In the days that followed, she faced floods of biblical proportions, a night marooned amidst swirling waters, and a sojourn in an aircraft hanger — and survived it all with a quiet determinism.
It all began the afternoon of 2nd April 2018, when the KWS Community Warden alerted us about an orphaned baby elephant in Meru National Park. She had been found on her own, separated from her family in a suspected incident of human-wildlife conflict. Just days old — too young to know fear — she happily followed the KWS rangers who found her. When our plane landed on Kinna airstrip, she was already waiting for us, flanked by her rescuers.
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5 years old
2 April 2018
Meru Region, Meru National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
20 March 2018
Age at Rescue
1 week old (approx)
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Kindani, Bondeni and Olorien browsing
Lodo and Kindani browsing
Kindani in the waterhole
Bondeni, Kindani and Kinyei
Kindani, Bondeni, Kinyei and Suguroi
Mukkoka and Kindani dust bathing
Kindani watching over Bondeni
Kinyei and Kindani resting