Lissa was born in Tsavo in 1986, and was found abandoned and alone near Mackinnon Road when she was just 2 years old, obviously a victim of the poaching that was rampant during the latter half of the seventies, eighties and early nineties; known as the years of the “elephant holocaust”. Armed Somali poachers invaded Tsavo following the death of David Sheldrick, and poached elephant carcass were found on a daily basis throughout the Park. One of these, near Mackinnon Road, was obviously the mother of this calf.
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35 years old
15 October 1988
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 October 1986
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
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Lara is the first wild born calf to Lissa, an orphan now living back in the wild. Her main nanny was Mpenzi, another orphan also living back in the wild. Lara is to the right of this photograph, on her immediate right is Lali and then Lugard.
Lali was born just outside the Voi Stockades and is the second wild born baby of Lissa, an orphan living back in the wild.
First introduced to the Voi Keepers by his mum, Lissa, when he was four-months-old, Leo seemed totally familiar at the Voi Reintegration Unit, which is probably testament to his mother`s calm presence around the Keepers having had 5 wild born babies since her rehabilitation back into the wild. Read more
Mudanda playing with Lissa's calf
Panda, left, & Kihari moving towards Lissa's calf
Ndii wrestling with Lissa's calf
Lissa joins the stockade dependent babies
Lissa with her new calf
Lissa brings her calf to meet hte babies
Lissa and Leo
Lissa and her family at the watertrough