On the 30th of October the DSWT Works Manager, Mr. Trevor Jennings, received a phone call from the Tsavo East National Park Assistant Warden at 6:30 am about a baby elephant found in a collapsed state in front of the Aruba Lodge. Immediately, the DSWT team travelled to the scene and found a young female elephant calf lying on her side on a mound of earth that had been dug out of a water pan. She looked in a desperate state, totally unresponsive and seemingly just moments away from dying. Given the parched drought-stricken landscape resulting in a lack of food anywhere close to water, the elephant herds were left with painful heartbreaking decisions - having to leave weakened loved ones who were unable to keep up so that the rest of the herd could travel far enough to find life sustaining browse, This calf was simply too weak to continue, and was one such candidate.
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3 years old
30 October 2016
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
18 May 2016
Age at Rescue
5 months old (approx)
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Ambo leading Malima and Malkia
Mapia, Kuishi and Malima coming for milk
Mapia and Malima after their morning Lucerne pellets.
Tujula, Wanjala, Malima racing for their milk bottles.
Mapia and Malima having a mud bath.
Malima enjoying a good neck scratch.
Narok, Malima, Mapia, and Kuishi all browsing together.
Malima running for her midday bottle of milk.