Lewa was a male calf born in Samburu country in May 1997, probably orphaned through poaching beyond the boundaries of Lewa Downs Private Ranch when he was aged 1 year. He was taken straight to the Voi Unit, bypassing the Nairobi Nursery, where he was taken into the fold of Malaika’s herd. He was often seen in the company of Edo and Uaso, as well as Imenti. As he got older he looked up to his 'big brother' Ndume, as elephant bulls do in order to learn from them and eventually leave the matriarchal fold.
25 years old
15 May 1998
Meru Region, Lewa Downs Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 May 1997
Age at Rescue
12 months old (approx)
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