In a way, Manda was a Christmas miracle. Rescued in a remote area where he could easily have remained undiscovered, he very nearly didn’t survive to see the new year.
On the afternoon of 15th December 2021, Tsavo Trust rangers spotted an orphaned elephant in the centre of Tsavo West National Park. At the request of the KWS Tsavo West warden, we mobilised a rescue. It was already late and with the clock ticking ever closer to nightfall, we sent our helicopter to the scene. Judging by the photos we had been sent, the calf would just fit inside.
While Taru and Justus, our pilot and Keeper, flew to Tsavo West, our SWT/KWS Ziwani Anti-Poaching Team arrived on scene to monitor the baby. The little elephant remained quite close to the road, which would expedite the rescue mission.
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.
2 years old
15 December 2021
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo West National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
10 December 2020
Age at Rescue
12 months old (approx)
Personalised adoption certificate.
Monthly email update on your orphan and the project.
Monthly watercolour by Angela Sheldrick.
Access to special content; latest Keepers' Diaries, videos and photos