September of 2017 in the southern area of Tsavo an incredibly severe drought gripped the area, and the death toll for elephants was dramatic. This was through a lack of food and not water, but due to poor rains spanning a number of years things finally culminated in catastrophic circumstances for those elephants that chose to remain in this area of the Park, and not move while they could when the waterholes still remained with water to greener pastures. As it turns out the 2017 drought in Tsavo claimed approximately 400 elephant’s lives, the worst drought since the 1970's drought that ravaged the Tsavo elephant population. The victims were mainly the elderly and females who remained anchored close to water points due to their dependent young. During this time, when the situation required, our teams were frantically trying to save drought stricken orphaned babies, and aerial and ground patrols were carried out daily in the hopes of being able to help in time.
4 years old
25 September 2017
Date of Birth (approximate)
30 September 2015
Age at Rescue
1 year old (approx)
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Sagala feeding on pellets
Sagala enjoying scratching
Sagala digging soil with her dusks
Sagala rubbing against a Baobab tree
Sagala sniffing the air
Emoli and Sagala testing the water
Ndoria in the water, Sagala coming to join
Nelion trying to engage Sagala