The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, situated near the town of Nanyuki at the foothills of Mount Kenya is 90,000 acres in extent, was purchased in 2004 by Fauna and Flora International, a UK based conservation organization. This is where Sidai came from and Ol Pejeta is also the birth place of another of our orphans now living wild called "Sweet Sally".
All this, however, was not immediately obvious upon arrival in the Nairobi Nursery, where she was given the usual prophylactic antibiotic injection before being unbound in the “Taming Stockade”. Understandably, the newcomer was extremely traumatized and very wild, refusing to take milk or rehydration, and simply bent on trying to “nail” her attendants at every opportunity.
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.
19 years old
1 February 2006
Laikipia, Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
19 June 2004
Age at Rescue
19 months old (approx)
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We first met Sita, wild-living orphan Sidai's first calf, on 12th December 2019, when Sidai chose to bring her baby to meet the Keepers who had helped raise her at our Ithumba Reintegration Unit. We chose the name Sita, which is the Swahili word for 'six', to celebrate Sita being the sixth baby born in 2019 to an orphan rescued and raised by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Sita is the 35th baby - that we know of - born to an orphan we have successfully raised and reintegrated back into the wild. Read more
After a years absence, Sidai returned to Ithumba with a new baby at her heels, a days' old little bull who we have named Silas. Yogi is the sixth baby born in as many weeks to our now wild-living orphans, following in the footsteps of Kaia, Njema, Noah, Yogi and Saba. With a protective older sister in the form of Sita, and plenty of nannies to watch over him, he'll grow up just as all baby elephants should: supported and loved. Read more
Sidai with Sita
Sidai, Sita and a wild elephant
Sidai with Silas and Sita
Sidai and Silas
Sidai leaving with her baby Sita
Sidai leading the wild group
Sidai, Sita, and Mundusi
Sidai, Sita, Gawa and Lulu