My Region: US
In the forested Mathews Mountain Range of northern Kenya, elephants drink from crystal clear streams and forage from the lush bushland. But in 2022, this wooded mountainous paradise has fallen into the grips of a drought, as has much of the country.
On 14th September, Northern Rangelands Trust called us about a young calf who had been abandoned in Kitich Forest Camp, which is situated in a remote valley looking over a glade in the Mathews Range. Based on his diminutive size and tiny tusks, he was estimated to be a year and a half old. His story before that point remains a mystery, but we can surmise that he had grown too weak to keep up with his herd or lost his mother to human-wildlife conflict, which is a tragic symptom of the drought.
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.
2 years old
14 September 2022
Samburu, Namunyak Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
3 March 2021
Age at Rescue
18 months old (approx)
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Mageno and Kitich playing
Mukutan sparring with Kitich
Kitich and Bondeni
Kerrio and Kitich
Kitiak, Elerai and Kitich
Kitich asking for more milk