On the very peak of the Ndoto Mountains, in Kenya’s remote Northern Frontier District, a tiny newborn baby elephant was found confused, alone and scared in a throng of sheep and goats. This little calf had evidently become mixed up in the nomadic Samburu tribesmen’s livestock soon after he was born. It is probably that the human presence is what frightened his mother leaving the abandoned calf mixed up in the livestock. The traditional Samburu pastoralists here live in an extremely isolated and inaccessible area of Kenya, a beautiful and majestic landscape. Despite many of the Samburu people being sympathetic and use to living this life of coexistence between man, their livestock and the wild animals, sometimes human wildlife conflict can unintentionally create these kinds of tragedies.
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6 years old
7 August 2014
Samburu, Ndoto Mountains
Date of Birth (approximate)
5 August 2014
Age at Rescue
0 weeks old (approx)
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Cheza left and Ndotto browsing
Ndotto smelling the air
Ndotto and Emoli
Ndotto climbing on Suswa's back
Ndotto & Lasayen smelling the wild bull
Suswa and Ndotto sparring
Ndotto and Araba playing at mud bath