A male calf estimated to have been born in June 1999 and therefore 3 months old on arrival, Salama is named for the village near which he was captured, and has the distinction of being the only elephant in the world to have been formally "arrested" in the wild! His herd went crop-raiding and Salama paid the price, frog-marched by irate tribesmen to the nearest Police Station. The Police called the Kenya Wildlife Service, and they called us. Salama is lucky indeed to have been rescued, for he comes from the troubled Laikipia population of refugee elephants who have fled from the North due to poaching, and who try to eke out an existence within an area densely populated by a farming connumity. Consequently, these elephants are always in trouble.
20 years old
15 September 1999
Laikipia, Rumuruti Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 June 1999
Problem animal control
Age at Rescue
3 months old (approx)
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Salama left & Nyiro
Salama and Mweya in front
Ndara left, Laikipia & Salama
Sosian and Salama
Salama joined by some wild eles