Mudanda's Story

This female calf was first sighted by the Trust Pilot on the 3rd August 2013 whilst flying over the Mudanda area of Tsavo East National Park on a routine aerial recce mission. The calf was alone in the Mbololo watercourse desperately searching for water in a dry sandy lugga. (The carcass of a female elephant that could have been the mother had been spotted near Mudanda Rock a week ago by KWS.)

Mudanda's Story

The calf, estimated to be about one year was rescued by the Voi Elephant Keepers that same day, and driven to the Voi Stockades in the back of a Pickup Truck, where she was put into the new Taming Stockade next door to Mbirikani. She was very dehydrated, obviously having been without her mother for several days, and was understandably aggressive, but calmed noticeably when she was introduced to the other Keeper Dependent orphans currently based at night at the Voi Stockades, all of whom were happy and excited to welcome and greet her. She has been named “Mudanda”.

The decision was made to continue her milk dependency at the Voi Stockades, rather than transfer her to the Nairobi Nursery, since accommodation space at the Nursery was in short supply, many newcomers having come in during the month of July due to the current poaching pandemic. Mudanda’s arrival at the Voi Rehabilitation Centre brings the number of Keeper Dependent Elephants there to 18.

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Adopt Mudanda for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Current age

6 years old

Gender

Female

Rescued date

3 August 2013

Rescue Location

Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP

Date of Birth (approximate)

1 August 2012

Reason Orphaned

Poaching

Age at Rescue

1 year old (approx)

Current Location

Voi Reintegration Unit

Mudanda's featured photos

Our digital adoption programme includes the following:

Personalised adoption certificate.

Monthly email update on your orphan and the project.

Monthly water colour by Angela Sheldrick.

Access to special content; latest Keepers' Diaries, videos and photos

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Mudanda's Latest Photos

Mudanda wanting to play with Ndotto

Mudanda waiting for her friends

Nelion and Mudanda

Mudanda cooling off in the water

Mudanda playing

Mudanda scratching session

Mudanda with a mouthful of grass

Mudanda after dust bath