It makes sense that Mokogodo is our belated Valentine — this enchanting little girl has been stealing hearts since she stepped foot in the Nursery.
Mokogodo’s story with us began on 13th February 2023, in the heart of Laikipia. The Mukogodo Forest is a land of rolling woodlands, frequented by elephants as they traverse from the bottom reaches of Samburu to the foothills of Mount Kenya. On the fringes of the forest, Samburu found a tiny calf, all on her own. There were no other elephants in the area, and based on her condition, it was clear that she was an orphan.
The hour was late, but such a young orphan needed urgent attention. Racing against the setting sun, KWS gave the greenlight and together with the help of both Borana and Lewa Wildlife Conservancies we mobilised a rescue. The calf was driven up to Borana, where a helicopter was waiting to scoop her up. She landed at the Nairobi Nursery just as dusk was beginning to settle, in the last possible window.
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.
11 months old
13 February 2023
Laikipia, Mukogodo Forest
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 October 2022
Age at Rescue
4 months old (approx)
Personalised adoption certificate.
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Monthly watercolour by Angela Sheldrick.
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Latika watching over Taroha and Mokogodo
Latika sticking to Taroha and Mokogodo
Mokogodo and Mageno dust bathing
Mokogodo, Muridjo, Mzinga, Sileita, and Mageno
Mokogodo dust bathing
Taroha and Mokogodo with Kerrio
Mokogodo and Taroha browsing