It always seems to happen on a Sunday, but never before have we had to cope with 2 orphaned elephant rescues on a quiet Sunday afternoon, which suddenly turned out to be anything but quiet! Since the failure of the November/December rains over most of the country, exacerbated by hotter than usual conditions, most of Kenya has been gripped by devastating drought conditions, its normally green pasture (at this time of the year) reduced to a desiccated and baked landscape. The drier than usual conditions have taken a terrible toll of all life, and not least the elephants, particularly those who have to eke out an existence in a naturally arid environment which yielded the latest two orphaned elephants to be brought into our Nairobi Nursery.
16 years old
15 January 2006
Samburu, West Gate Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
24 July 2005
Age at Rescue
5 months old (approx)
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Lili is Loijuk's first wild born baby. We met her on the morning of Sunday 1st September, after her mother gave birth to Lili close to our Ithumba Reintegration Unit and chose to bring Lili to meet the Keepers - her human family - and dependent orphans at Ithumba, so that they might all join in celebrating this new life.
Loijuk, Lili and Gawa
Loijuk following Lili
Yatta, Kinna, Loijuk, Nasalot and their babies
Malkia following Lili and Loijuk
Loijuk and Lili exiting the water
Loijuk, Lili and Mteto
Loijuk, Liki and Kitirua
Loijuk and Lili with others at mud bath