Sileita’s rescue was of the most tragic variety. Her life began as any elephant’s should, traversing the wilds of Kenya with her mother. A bullet changed all of that. She was found guarding her slain mother, who had been killed by the human hand.
On the afternoon 28th March 2022, KWS veterinarian Dr Mutinda alerted us to an orphan on Il Ngwesi Group Ranch whose mother had been shot dead. At just 16 months old, she would not survive long on her own. This part of the country is currently rife with human-wildlife conflict due to an extremely challenging drought. Knowing we didn’t have a moment to spare, we organised a rescue.
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3 years old
28 March 2022
Laikipia, Il Ngwesi Group Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
16 November 2020
Age at Rescue
16 months old (approx)
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Sileita in the forest
Sileita looking after Taroha
Sileita and Taroha at the mud bath
Muridjo and Sileita in the forest dust bath
Sileita, Mukutan and Weka
Sileita, Mageno and Kerrio
Sileita with Nyambeni
Sileita relaxing with Mageno