Much of Kitiak’s story remains a mystery, but troubling signs hint at the trauma he went through. His story as an orphan began on 5th November 2022, when a lone calf was reported in the Mara.
Like Elerai, who we rescued a few weeks prior, Kitiak painted a deceiving picture: He was young yet with fairly large tusks which initially gave the impression that he was a much older elephant than in fact he was. Upon closer inspection, however, our SWT/KWS Mara Mobile Vet Unit concluded he was actually far too young to be on his own.
More troubling were the injuries on his body. Human-wildlife conflict is a pressing challenge in the Mara, and our teams have become all-too-familiar with its signs. They quickly recognised the punctures as arrow wounds.
We will never know Kitiak’s full story or how he became orphaned. We think perhaps he lost his family in the same incident of human-wildlife conflict that left him wounded, or it is also possible that he ran into trouble during his lonely days in the Mara.
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.
3 years old
5 November 2022
Maasai Mara, Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
9 April 2020
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
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Kitiak, Elerai and Rafiki in the truck
Elerai and Kitiak
Elerai and Kitiak
Kitiak in the forest
Rafiki, Tingai and Kitiak in the training truck
Ahmed, Rafiki and Kitiak in the truck
Little Shujaa with big bull Kitiak