In nearly half a century of rescuing orphaned elephants, we haven’t undertaken a groundbreaking, gravity-defying mission of this scale.
It all began on 28th January 2022, when we were contacted by Samburu Trust. A female elephant had been shot and killed, leaving her daughter behind. At three years old, her calf was on the older side, but still dangerously vulnerable given the gruelling, dry conditions. Samburu scouts had been observing her for several days, but her condition was rapidly deteriorating. If she was to survive, KWS vets concluded that a rescue operation was required.
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.
4 years old
28 January 2022
Laikipia, Waso Corridor
Date of Birth (approximate)
10 January 2019
Age at Rescue
3 years old (approx)
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Ambo with Neshashi, Mapia and other ex-orphans
Neshashi relaxing with two wild bulls
Neshashi and Malima having a drink of water
Neshashi enjoying the browse
Neshashi and Vuria browsing together
Neshashi giving wild baby a trunk hug