A female calf born approx March 2000; aged between 7 - 8 months on arrival. She was seen wandering alone by guests of Elsa's Kopje Lodge in Meru National Park who alerted K.W.S., after which this calf was captured, sedated and flown to our Nursery in Nairobi. Upon regaining consciousness, Mulika was extremely traumatized and very wild but soon calmed down with input from the other Nursery inmates. However, bent on escape, she was kept enclosed for a few days, until she was comfortable within the Nursery group, but it took many weeks for her to recover from the grief of losing her loved ones. The name "Mulika" comes from a place within the Park near where she was found.Mulika had a loving and gentle little character at the Nursery, not overly fond of humans, but always very fond of "Nasalot" who slept in the next door to her at night. We are so delighted that now, as adults, these two friends still roam together in the same ex-orphan herd led by Yatta near Ithumba, both with their own first wild born calves, Mwende and Nusu.
21 years old
15 December 2000
Meru Region, Meru National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 March 2000
Age at Rescue
9 months old (approx)
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The first time we met Mwende, she was just hours old when she turned up with her mother, Mulika, an orphan living back in the wild, and nannies Chyulu and Lenana. She's a very precocious little calf who loves to play.
A little boy, Mkuu is Mulika's second calf, her first being Mwende who was born in 2011. Mkuu is the Swahili word meaning 'Chief'. We first met Mkuu on the last day of February, when his mother brought him to meet the Ithumba dependent herd and Mulika's former carers, seemingly wishing for them all to share in the celebration of her new arrival.
Mulika and Mkuu
Mulika, Mkuu and wild bulls
Mulika and Mkuu
Yatta and Mulika
Mulika with her baby Mwende
Mulika, Yoyo and Mwende
Mulika and her baby Mwende
Pare begging from Mulika