In the Galana Wildlife Conservancy, abutting the Eastern boundary of Tsavo East National Park, a lone calf of approximately 12 month old was sited alone on the 7th February 2012. The lone calf was again sited by the Galana Conservancy Warden on the 11th February, it now being clear that this was a milk dependent orphan with no chance of survival unless rescued. The Warden and his team monitored the calf all day, having reported its presence to the Senior Warden, Tsavo East National Park, and the Trust’s Field Officer, Richard Moller who alerted the Trust’s Nairobi Headquarters and the Voi Unit Elephant Keepers based at the Voi Elephant Stockades that a rescue was on the cards.
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8 years old
11 February 2012
Tsavo Ecosystem, Galana Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
20 April 2011
Age at Rescue
9 months old (approx)
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Sonje sitting on the wall near the stockade compound
Sonje heading out to the field
Sonje at the waterhole
Sonje leading her friends along the pipeline route
Sonje keenly following Mwashoti at the waterhole
Sonje afraid of the birds
Sonje ready to leave with Zongoloni