Latika is another orphan of the dry season, but with a cruel twist: she is also a snare victim. Surviving this particular dry season has been a challenge for all elephants, but this little elephant’s struggle was compounded by the wire snare cinched around her neck.
It all began at Salt Lick Lodge in Tsavo East National Park. Elephants frequently converge to drink at the waterhole outside the lodge, especially during the dry season. The evening of 10th October 2021 was no different, with a steady stream of wild visitors passing through. Looking out at the elephants, however, lodge staff saw something amiss with one of the smallest guests. A young calf, no more than 18 months old, had a wire snare encircling her neck. They continued to monitor the calf who appeared to be without a mother or herd and despite the comings and goings of elephant herds she remained back, seemingly belonging to none of them.
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2 years old
10 October 2021
Tsavo Ecosystem, Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
Date of Birth (approximate)
10 April 2020
Age at Rescue
18 months old (approx)
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Latika playing in the mud bath
Latika and Kinyei with the Nursery herd
Sagateisa and Latika enjoying a mud bath
Latika covered in mud
Latika trunk hugging her friends
Choka playing with Latika