Ranch workers on Mpala Ranch, a 54,000 acre Ranch on the Laikipia Plateau, stumbled on a decomposing body of a female elephant, the tusks intact, but what they did not know, was that somewhere in the arid scrub bush that dominates the vegetation of the Ranch, was her 6 month old orphaned calf, grieving and lonely, who faced certain death from starvation without having access to milk. No elephant less than 2 years of age can survive without milk.
18 years old
31 May 2002
Laikipia, Mpala Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 December 2001
Age at Rescue
5 months old (approx)
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Mpala stroking Edie's calf with Eve at the front
Siria left and Shimba right greet Mpala
Mpala left with the second wild group
Mpala and Icholta corner Siria
Mpala riding onto Siria's back
Mpala scratching at the stockade