Mercurial weather is a fact of life in Kenya, but the floods of early 2018 sent the country into a watery crisis. Amidst all this turmoil, we received a startling call on the morning of 20th March: While on patrol, Mara Elephant Project scouts spotted a creature bobbing among the angry whitecaps of the Mara River.
We will never know how far Lemeki’s river odyssey took her, but the mere fact that she survived the raging flood waters was a miracle. From experience, we were all too aware that she wasn’t out of danger yet: Newborn elephants are extremely fragile, and Lemeki’s prolonged time in water left her dangerously vulnerable to pneumonia. At the time, Nairobi was also experiencing terrible flooding. Given the precarious nature of her condition, we changed course and flew Lemeki directly to our Kaluku Field HQ in Tsavo, which was warm and, crucially, dry.
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5 years old
20 March 2018
Maasai Mara, Lemek Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
12 March 2018
Age at Rescue
1 week old (approx)
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Lemeki playing in the water
Lemeki and Tamiyoi
Lemeki playing on the mud
Lemeki in the water with the others
Lemeki in the water trough