With the approach of Christmas 2003, the Trust dispersed a small pamphlet to promote our online Fostering Programme, saying, “What do you dream of having for Christmas?” The answer was, of course, “A Baby Elephant”. However this was not at the top of our particular list of priorities (which would have been the milk to feed our growing elephant family). At the time we already had 8 in our Nairobi Nursery and another 31 growing up down in Tsavo – a BIG family, by any standards. However, for us, “the dream” came true in an unusual way – the arrival by air of a tiny Southern African orphan named “Ollie”, despite immense pressure from many quarters in that part of the world; those who think that only humans are worthy of compassion, and all other living creatures are a mere commercial commodity for sale to the highest bidder.
Important Note: Thank you for considering an adoption. Each orphan needs more than one foster parent: your adoption donation will be processed by the SWT UK and Kenya to help all the orphans in our care.
20 years old
23 December 2003
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 September 2003
Age at Rescue
3 months old (approx)
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Madiba, Namelok and Zurura
Madiba feeding on lucerne in the Stockade
Madiba and Suguta
Madiba sniffs at Dupotto
Orphans join Madiba and a wild bull
Madiba with the orphans
Chaimu and Madiba
Buchuma and Madiba drinking