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.
3 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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Neshashi waving her trunk
Naleku, Neshashi and Kamili in the forest
Kinyei, Neshashi, and Roho playing
Sweet Neshashi with the Nursery herd
Neshashi and Rama at the mud bath
Oldepe and Neshashi behind