The 26th July 2009 brought not only the rescue of two and a half month old Tano from Loisaba Ranch, but also a newborn, who was seen all alone at 2pm on the road between Rumuruti town in Laikipia and the ADC ranch known as Mutara. Mutara called the Kenyan Wildlife Service, and since it was by then too late to initiate a rescue (added to the fact that all our phone land lines were out of action) the ADC Ranch personally alerted the Ol Pejeta Conservancy requesting them to care for the calf for the night.
13 years old
27 July 2009
Laikipia, Mutara Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
20 July 2009
Age at Rescue
1 week old (approx)
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On the night of 8th March 2022, just as our Ithumba team was getting ready for bed, Mutara and her herd appeared outside the stockades with a baby in their midst! He was a newborn: Mutara had clearly given birth earlier that evening. Mutara subsequently decided to spend her first night as a mother around the Ithumba Reintegration Unit, sharing this special moment with Benjamin and the other Keepers who raised her. Read more
Mutara watching over little Mambo
Mutara and Mambo
Mutara, baby Mambo and Chaimu
Maramoja with Mutara's herd
Mutara's herd arriving at mud bath with Mambo
Mutara's group having water
Sities and Mutara enjoying Lucerne
Mutara, Mambo and Suguta