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.
Important Note: Thank you for considering an adoption. Each orphan needs more than one foster parent: your adoption donation will be processed by the SWT UK and Kenya to help all the orphans in our care.
8 years old
15 September 2017
Maasai Mara, Mara Triangle
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 December 2014
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
Ithumba Reintegration Unit
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Monthly watercolour by Angela Sheldrick.
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Pare Sapalan Maramoja early morning greeting
Sapalan getting ready to nap
Sapalan rubbing his bottom
Sapalan playing with Dololo
Malima, Sapalan and Malkia playing