Solango's Story

Rescued from Seraa Group Ranch, 20 miles North East of Shaba National Reserve, having fallen into a deep rocky catchment "well" which holds water in the dry season, this tiny bull elephant came in severely sunburnt, the top of his ears burnt to a frazzle from exposure to the sun; the back of his ears still tinged with pink, the tell-tale sign of a very young elephant infant younger than 6 weeks, therefore an October 2001 baby. He was a feisty little character, who resisted being pushed towards his stable by the Keepers, bellowing protest. Finally, the Keepers were told to simply walk away, and, predictably, rather than find himself alone again, he was happy just to follow.

Solango's Story

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Current Age

22 years old



Rescued date

15 October 2001

Rescue Location

Samburu, Sera Conservancy

Date of Birth (approximate)

1 September 2001

Reason Orphaned

Drought related

Age at Rescue

1 month old (approx)

Current Location

Living Wild

Solango's featured photos

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Personalised adoption certificate.

Monthly email update on your orphan and the project.

Monthly watercolour by Angela Sheldrick.

Access to special content; latest Keepers' Diaries, videos and photos

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Solango's latest photos

Solango browsing with the youngsters

Solango at the stocakde

Solango left playing with the wild boy

Solango lifting his trunk


Solango with the youngsters

Solango arrives at the stockades

Solango browsing with the Juniors