Naipoki's Story

We received an early morning call on 13th December 2010, at 7.00am, reporting news of a tiny baby elephant that had been rescued from a well in the Namunyak Conservation Area, that was in the safe custody of Hilary and Piers of Sarara Camp. The Kenyan Wildlife Service then called having been alerted about the calf with the same news and we immediately scrambled a team of Keepers and they were at Namunyak in Northern Kenya by 10.30am

Naipoki's Story

The baby, estimated around two-three months old, had experienced a very traumatic couple of days. Initially she was rescued in the early morning of the 13th December (2010) when Sumaina Lesirite, a community Moran, reported to the Namunyak Conservancy headquarters an elephant calf had fallen into a well. She was immediately rescued and all attempts were made to locate the calf’s mother and herd to reunite the baby. Finally, that evening, everyone was delighted when their hard efforts were rewarded and they managed to locate the herd.

Unbelievably Sumaina Lesirite reported the same calf fallen down the same well the following morning of the 14th December. This time her trunk had been chewed by predators during the night, and she was visibly much weaker, and in desperate need of milk. Maybe the herd she was reunited with was not her own, and she had fallen down the well again desperately trying to drink, or maybe the herd frequents that particular watering point while in the area and accidentally she slipped in a second time. Piers and Hilary from Sarara Camp initiated the second rescue and the calf was returned to the camp while they waited for the rescue crew from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to arrive.

Once the plane and keepers landed at the airstrip she was fed re-hydration liquid which she guzzled, along with a couple of bottles of milk. She was obviously desperately hungry and terribly tired. She was tied and strapped for the journey and slept throughout most of the flight, seemingly totally calm. On arrival at the Nairobi Nursery she fed again, and her strength began to return. She was now inclined to shove the Keepers, but not for long as she soon collapsed on the soft hay in her stable and slept solidly for a further three hours.

She has been called Naipoki by those who worked so hard to save her from the Namunyak Conservation Area, named after the lugga where she was reunited with the herd on the evening of the 13th. In the Maa language Naipoki means ‘something painted’.

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Adopt Naipoki 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

9 years old

Gender

Female

Rescued date

12 December 2010

Rescue Location

Samburu, Namunyak Conservancy

Date of Birth (approximate)

4 October 2010

Reason Orphaned

Trapped in a well

Age at Rescue

2 months old (approx)

Current Location

Voi Reintegration Unit

Naipoki's featured photos

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