On the 13th of September, Angela Sheldrick received a phone call from a Safari guide regarding an abandoned elephant calf in the Masai Mara. The reports revealed that he cut a tragic figure dwarfed by the vast plains with the Oloololo escarpment beyond. With elephant herds coming and going he constantly remained rejected, always emerging from the group to be left alone as the herds moved on.
4 years old
15 September 2017
Rescue Location Unknown
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 December 2014
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
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Namalok challenging Sapalan
Sapalan having a drink with a wild bull
Kithaka and Sapalan enjoying Lucerne
Barsilinga & Sapalan at anthill
Sapalan rides on Namalok
Jotto and Sapalan in the shade
Sapalan playing with Karisa
Sapalan Garzi and Pare