Little Pardamat survived a long and frightening spell on his own, trying to fend for himself after his mother was killed.
His saga began three weeks before his actual rescue. On 5th July 2023, the body of a lactating female elephant was found in Pardamat Conservation Area, in the Mara ecosystem. She had been fatally speared — yet another victim of human-wildlife conflict that plagues this area. Given that she was still producing milk, she had clearly given birth fairly recently. However, her baby was nowhere to be found, leading everyone to fear the worst.
A week later, a yearling calf wandered into a Maasai boma. By the time rangers arrived to track him down, he had already joined a nearby herd. Hoping that the calf was not an orphan, but rather belonged to a female in the herd, the decision was made to leave him in place and closely monitor the situation.
By the end of the month, the calf’s circumstances had changed. On the morning of 28th July, Pardamat rangers received reports of another possible orphan. There were no other elephants in the area, and the young calf was determinedly trying to enter a Maasai boma. Arriving on the scene, they quickly realised it was the same baby elephant from two weeks prior.
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16 months old
28 July 2023
Maasai Mara, Pardamat Conservation Area
Date of Birth (approximate)
25 July 2022
Age at Rescue
12 months old (approx)
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Ahmed, Muridjo and Pardamat
Pardamat enjoying a bottle
Talek, Mzinga, Pardamat and Ahmed
Ahmed with little Pardamat
Pardamat being looked after by Nyambeni
Ahmed in between Talek and Pardamat
Pardamat greeting a Keeper