Suguroi is here today because of three strokes of luck. It all began with a fly-by that was never supposed to happen. On the morning of 23rd September 2021, visitors were exploring Laikipia by air when they spontaneously decided to divert from their planned course over El Karama Ranch. Flying over a lugga, they unexpectedly sighted a carcass of a female elephant.
In a further stroke of luck, the pilot happened to be Andy Payne, who formerly flew for our Aerial Surveillance Unit, with much experience under his belt he immediately knew this required further exploration. They circled back — and this time, spotted a baby elephant alone. Dwarfed by undergrowth, only a trained eye would have been able to detect her.
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.
4 years old
23 September 2021
Laikipia, El Karama Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 October 2019
Age at Rescue
23 months old (approx)
Ithumba Reintegration Unit
Personalised adoption certificate.
Monthly email update on your orphan and the project.
Monthly watercolour by Angela Sheldrick.
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Suguroi striking a pose in the rain
Naleku, Malkia and Suguroi browsing
Suguroi browsing with Roho
Suguroi striking her usual pose
Kindani, Bondeni, Kinyei and Suguroi
Sunyei, Saba and Suguroi