On a tiny Ranch near Nanyuki called “Sweetwaters” a baby elephant was born in February 2001. She and her mother were amongst others moved to Meru National Park because their home Sweet Waters ranch was obviously too small an environment for them, and every time they stepped off the ranch they were in direct conflict with human settlement and cultivation. Along with 52 other elephants it was decided by The Kenya Wildlife Services to relocate this group to Meru National Park. This was a successful mission, but for Sweet Sally’s mother who made the long journey with her calf the journey and new environment proved too much for her and she was so traumatized on arrival that she just ran and ran, leaving the calf behind. Failure to locate her meant that the calf had to be treated as an orphan, and on the 25th July 2001 she was flown to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Nursery in Nairobi National Park, there to join three other infant elephant orphans and be nurtured and reared through the fragile first year of infancy. She is called ‘Sally’ to honour the memory of brave Sally Dunne, who died of cancer May 2001, and ‘Sweet’ to identify her origin.
19 years old
25 July 2001
Laikipia, Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 February 2001
Orphaned during relocation
Age at Rescue
5 months old (approx)
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Safia is always looking to find his next adventure, whether it`s climbing rocks or trying to get into the stockade water trough like the older orphans. If there is an element of danger, it`s all the better! A born water baby, Safi loves swimming, especially in the water holes. His nannies are Seraah and Thoma.
Emma Safi and Sweet Sally
Sweet Sally scratching on a rock
Sweet Sally arrives at the stocakdes with Safi
Sweet Sally with Safi
Sweet Sally Safi Laikipia and Seraa
Sweet Sally and Safi
Sweet Sally and Safi
Sweet Sally's baby Safi