Madiba's Story

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 from 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. Fortunately, not all people in Southern Africa think that way; hence the saving of “Olly”. Said the famous Naturalist Albert Schweitzer, “until mankind can extend his compassion to the animals, he will never find peace”. We, in Kenya, are proud to be the one country in Africa whose wildlife policy incorporates the vital ingredient of compassion and animal welfare, something that is demonstrated on a daily basis by the hundreds of Kenyans who flock to our Nairobi Nursery to watch and wonder as the infant elephant babies take their noon mud bath.With the permission of Wildcare, we changed his name to reflect his Southern African origins and he became known as “Madiba”, the name by which famous Nelson Mandela was affectionately known in his homeland.

Madiba's Story

Madiba is now an ex-orphan and still seen regularly around the Ithumba Unit where he was reintroduced to the wild.

Adopt Madiba for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Adopt Madiba for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Current age

16 years old

Gender

Male

Rescued date

23 December 2003

Rescue Location

Botswana

Date of Birth (approximate)

1 September 2003

Reason Orphaned

Natural causes

Age at Rescue

3 months old (approx)

Current Location

Living Wild

Madiba's featured photos

Our digital adoption programme includes the following:

Personalised adoption certificate.

Monthly email update on your orphan and the project.

Monthly water colour by Angela Sheldrick.

Access to special content; latest Keepers' Diaries, videos and photos

Give Madiba the gift of life by adopting today.

Latest updates featuring Madiba

Boromoko, Sirimon and Sokotei head to the Ithumba Unit

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A message from Daphne

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A happy New Year 2014

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Madiba's Latest Photos

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