This female calf of approximately 1 year old was spotted at around midday on the 7th July 2010 by a Community Game Scout by the name of Isaac Mutua who was on a routine patrol on the Muhoho Farm owned by the Kenyatta family near Ziwani abutting Tsavo West National Park. The young elephant was alone and wandering aimlessly with no wild herds in the area, its emaciated condition indicative that it had obviously been orphaned, with no chance of survival being still milk dependent. What happened to its mother is not known, but what is known is that there is a great deal of human/wildlife conflict in that area, as well as poaching for both ivory and bushmeat, with elephants now being targeted because they provide both evil and lucrative commodities. Sadly, many of the communities abutting Tsavo are agricultural based rather than pastoral and as such definitely not ele-friendly. It is not unusual for orphans found in that particular area to be willfully maimed or killed by being speared, irrespective of size.
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11 years old
7 July 2010
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo West NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
2 July 2009
Age at Rescue
12 months old (approx)
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