She was seen sleeping under the shade of a tree, all alone, in Hilton Hotels Taita Hills Sanctuary, with no other elephants nearby, and since she was only about 4 months old, she was obviously an orphan doomed to die with no chance of survival without her mother’s milk in a wild situation. The staff of the Sanctuary watched the calf for a full day as she tried to join other herds but was each time left behind as the herds moved off. They could see that she was already losing strength and would be lost to predators unless rescued, and was quite obviously an orphan.
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14 years old
27 November 2004
Tsavo Ecosystem, Taita Ranches
Date of Birth (approximate)
29 July 2004
Age at Rescue
3 months old (approx)
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Lulu is Lualeni's first wild born calf. We met her for the first time just hours after her birth when Lualeni brought her to the Ithumba Reintegration Unit under the cover of darkness. Lulu's nannies are Chyulu and Lenana who are on hand to ensure this little calf grows up happy, healthy and surrounded by love.
Lualeni and her group coming for water
Lualeni, baby Lulu and Malkia
Lualeni and her baby Lulu
Lualeni and her baby Lulu dusting
Lualeni and Lulu at the entrance
Lualeni's herd with baby Lulu
Lualeni and Lulu
Lualeni and Lulu