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, who alerted the SWT’s Nairobi Headquarters and the elephant Keepers based at our Voi elephant stockades that a rescue was on the cards.
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10 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 sucking the remaining milk from her trunk
Sonje with a stick in her mouth
Sonje scratching her bottom as Maktao waits
Sonje enjoying the soft grass
Sonje watching the boys fighting
Sonje Mwashoti Alamaya at the water trough
Enkesha and Sonje at the waterhole
Sonje being affectionate with Maktao