This calf from Amboseli National Park was sited on the 14th September 2010 in amongst the W.A. Family, so named for identification purposes by the Amboseli Researchers who have studied the Amboseli wild elephant population for the past 40 odd years. On the 29th the calf was again spotted by Norah of the Research Unit, but this time was all alone not far from the Swamp. She was thin, so had obviously been without her mother for several days. The fate of the mother is not known for sure, but she is suspected to have been the victim of poaching. Another possibility is that the calf became bogged in the swamp and subsequently abandoned by the herd.
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12 years old
29 September 2011
Amboseli Ecosystem, Amboseli National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
26 February 2009
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
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Kitirua and Kamok browsing
Kitirua enjoying greens
Kitirua with a mouthful of Lucerne
Mapia asking Kitirua for some Lucerne