It is uncanny that most Elephant rescues always seem to happen on a Sunday. Yet again this happened for the rescue of tiny “Lesanju”, on Sunday 15th October 2006, who fell down an 18ft well dug to access water for the Samburu cattle in the Milgis Lugga - the largest seasonal watercourse between the stunningly beautiful Mathews and the Ndotos mountain range in the Northern Frontier of Kenya. She was rescued from this deep sand well by the brother of a very respected Samburu Chief named “Lesanju” who died only very recently, and at the request of the rescuer, (his brother), and Helen Douglas-Dufresne who heads the recently formed Milgis Trust, and was instrumental in coordinating the rescue and saving this tiny calf, our latest little elephant has been named “Lesanju”.
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13 years old
15 October 2006
Samburu, Milgis Lugga
Date of Birth (approximate)
5 September 2006
Man-made cause for separation
Age at Rescue
1 month old (approx)
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Ndotto greeting Lesanju
Lesanju visiting the stockades
Lempaute and Lesanju arrive at the stockades
Lesanju at the stockades
Lesanju coming to the stockade
Sinya and Lesanju enjoying range cubes
Lesanju having a drink
Lesanju enjoying the lucerne grass