The Kenya Wildlife Service reported to us that a young elephant calf was in need of rescue having been orphaned on the 2nd of November. The Namunyak Conservancy Community Scouts in Northern Kenya had retrieved her from a well and she was now safely in their care, waiting for help to arrive. Having had experience in rescuing a number of elephants over the years from the Namunyak wells the scouts were aware of the best practice in situations like this; they ensured she had water and shade and avoided feeding her any milk until our team arrived with the correct formula. The wrong milk is very detrimental to baby elephants who cannot tolerate the fat in cow’s milk. Around the same time we were also called by the Lewa Conservancy radio operator who had received a similar report. It was confirmed that the calf had fallen down a manmade well and very tragically her elephant family had been forced to abandon her fearful of the presence of the Samburu herdsman who also share the same watering points in the very dry seasons.
5 years old
2 November 2015
Samburu, Namunyak Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
29 July 2014
Trapped in a well
Age at Rescue
1 year old (approx)
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Naseku scratching her chest
Lemoyian and Naseku browsing together
Mundusi browsing with Naseku
Naseku and Wanjala sharing a pile of Lucerne
Naseku pushing Malkia
Naseku and Mundusi playing.
Naseku, Pare, and Mteto running down for the milk.
Naseku relaxing in the water.