We received a report from KWS on the 2nd January 2020 about an orphaned baby elephant whose mum had died the previous night in the Masai Mara. Scouts from the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) had been monitoring her and her baby for a few days prior to her passing, concerned by her poor condition. She died overnight on the 1st January, but the reasons for her death remain unclear as sadly an autopsy was not possible given that not much of her was left after predators had their fill that night. The decision was made to rescue the young baby, who at approximately six months old could simply not survive without her mother’s milk or protection from the very same predators.
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4 years old
2 January 2020
Maasai Mara, Mara North Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
2 July 2019
Mother died cause unknown
Age at Rescue
6 months old (approx)
Ithumba Reintegration Unit
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Naleku, Malkia and Suguroi browsing
Naleku greeting a wild calf
Naleku charging the buffalo
Roho riding on Naleku's back
Naleku leading the orphans home
Naboishu and Naleku
Roho playing on Naleku's back