Nyiro's Story

A male calf estimated to have been 4 months old on arrival and therefore born in August 1999, this little elephant hails from one of the remotest corners possible of the vast Northern Frontier aridlands of Kenya. He takes his name from an isolated massif known as Ol Donyo Nyiro which rises from the lava deserts of the region. Found by tribesmen, like Ilingwezi, stuck in a trench, the fate of his mother and family is not known. Hailing, as he did, from the hardened population of desert elephants honed by natural selection, Nyiro was sturdy and strong, by far the friendliest but also the most demanding of all the young bulls. He was Aitong's special pet, and a great favourite with everyone, but the one person and thing he wanted above all else was our Head Keeper, Mishak Nzimbi, and Mishak's thumb to suck! Given half a chance Nyiro would have been happy doing this all day long, going into a trance of bliss.

Nyiro's Story

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Current Age

24 years old



Rescued date

15 December 1999

Rescue Location

Samburu, Loisaba Ranch

Date of Birth (approximate)

1 August 1999

Reason Orphaned

Drought related

Age at Rescue

4 months old (approx)

Current Location

Living Wild

Nyiro's featured photos

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Personalised adoption certificate.

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Monthly watercolour by Angela Sheldrick.

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Nyiro's latest photos

Nyiro with youngsters at the stockade

Nyiro at the stockade

Nyiro, Kimana and Lolokwe

Nyiro and Lolokwe with the youngsters

Nyiro left engaging Morani

Nyiro drinking

Salama left & Nyiro