Of all the reasons that elephant calves are orphaned, one strikes a particular chord of claustrophobic dread. Ndara, Ndii, Mayan, Buchuma, and Taita are all survivors of this twist of fate. Now, Natibu joins their ranks.
Natibu’s rescue story began on 13th March 2023, when Wildlife Works received a troubling report from Maungu, a village in the Tsavo ecosystem. As dawn broke, community members reported a herd of elephants clustered around an uncovered manhole in the water pipeline. They had been there for quite some time and were becoming increasingly agitated. At the request of KWS, Wildlife Works went to investigate.
At first glance, it looked like an optical illusion: Peering into the manhole, you could make out the head of a tiny baby elephant. The rest of his body was squashed inside, invisible and impossibly claustrophobic. Communities access water via these manholes, which is why the cover had been removed in the first place.
Important Note: Thank you for considering an adoption. Each orphan needs more than one foster parent: your adoption donation will be processed by the SWT UK and Kenya to help all the orphans in our care.
12 months old
13 March 2023
Tsavo Ecosystem, Taita Ranches
Date of Birth (approximate)
12 November 2022
Trapped in manhole
Age at Rescue
3 months old (approx)
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