During aerial patrols of the Tsavo ecosystem, it’s not unusual to see small groups of elephants traversing the open plains, however, while on a routine flight over Taita Ranch on the morning of 5th September, Wildlife Works pilot Keith Hellyer spotted something that made him pause: a young, milk-dependent calf walking in the company of five adult bulls. The nearest herd of elephants a long way away, and none of its lactating females appeared to be without their own calf. Given the circumstances, KWS management requested the calf be rescued.
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3 years old
5 September 2019
Tsavo Ecosystem, Taita Ranches
Date of Birth (approximate)
3 September 2017
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
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