We named this tiny 3 day old female orphan “Nashukuru”, which, in Swahili, means “I am grateful”. Indeed this baby deserves to be grateful to have been spared by a simple but brave herdsman who protected her from the henchmen who were bent on slaughtering and consuming her as bushmeat once she had been extracted from a manhole on the Mzima – Mombasa Pipeline into which she had inadvertently fallen.
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10 years old
18 September 2009
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo West National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 September 2009
Man-made cause for separation
Age at Rescue
2 weeks old (approx)
Umani Springs Reintegration Unit
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Monthly water colour by Angela Sheldrick.
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Shukuru drinking water
Shukuru picking some acacia branches
Shukuru in the water trough
Shukuru trying to scratch her ear
Shukuru picking some fresh grass
Shukuru after the mud bath