Shujaa means ‘hero’ in Swahili. Given everything this tough little elephant has overcome, it is a most fitting name.
Shujaa could have easily gone undiscovered. His story began on the evening of 21st August 2022, as a group of tourists were finishing a game drive along the Voi River Circuit in Tsavo East National Park. Darkness was falling, but in the encroaching gloom they managed to spot something amiss in a muddy embankment: A tiny calf, just a few months old, was flailing in the sticky earth.
They raised the alarm with KWS, who greenlit a rescue. Our Voi Team, based nearby, rushed to the scene. They arrived not a minute too late: A calf so small would not have survived the night on his own with the number of predators in the area.
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14 months old
21 August 2022
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
19 November 2021
Stuck in mud
Age at Rescue
9 months old (approx)
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Kitiak, Shujaa. Suguroi and Nyambeni
Mzinga and Shujaa relaxing
Shujaa in his blanket
Shujaa in the forest
Shujaa dust bathing
Shujaa roaming around