Mzinga is alive today because of a fortuitous chance sighting. On 9th February 2022, our Tsavo Works Manager rounded out a long day in the field with an evening patrol of the Voi pipeline. Driving along the remote, dusty road, he spotted a tiny elephant up near Msinga Hill. She was all alone, dwarfed by the vast wilderness surrounding her.
Elephants are a common sight on Msinga Hill. More than half a century ago, David and Daphne built the original Voi stockades at the base of the hill, and the Voi orphans continue to spend their days on its slopes. Given its proximity to the Mzima Springs pipeline, with its breather outlets spewing water into heavily trafficked watering points, Msinga Hill is a favoured haunt for wild elephants, from family herds to solo travellers. It also attracts its fair share of other species, particularly the opportunistic predators.
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23 months old
9 February 2022
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
28 December 2021
Age at Rescue
1 month old (approx)
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Mzinga wandering in the forest
Nyambeni, Shujaa and Mzinga
Talek, Mzinga, Pardamat and Ahmed
Mzinga investigating a tree
Mzinga, Kerrio, Mageno and Nyambeni
Nyambeni and Mzinga trunk touching
Mzinga playing with Kerrio