Mukutan’s story began in a swathe of maize. For 24 hours, a lone baby elephant had been seen in a field bordering Laikipia Nature Conservancy, furtively darting between rows of corn. He looked terrified, in poor condition, and far too young to be by himself.
We can’t be sure how Mukutan came to be orphaned, but human-wildlife conflict was the likely culprit. We suspect it was a scenario we have seen played out time and again: The elephant herd left the conservancy and, in search of sustenance, raided the bordering maize fields. The community chased them away, and in the ensuing mayhem, the young calf was left behind. Another possibility is that his mother died and he wandered into community lands.
2 years old
4 November 2021
Laikipia, Laikipia Nature Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
9 April 2020
Age at Rescue
18 months old (approx)
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Roho checking on Mukutan
Sweet Mukutan and Tingai having a trunk hug
Kerrio resting her trunk on Mukutan
Kerrio, Mukutan and Tingai cuddling
Mukutan, Sagateisa, Kamili, Tingai and Choka
Oldepe, Choka, and Mukutan walking in the forest
Choka and Mukutan out in the forest together
Mukutan, Choka, Kamili, and Sagateisa