The Tsavo Conservation Area is in the throes of a long, challenging dry season. In times like these, elephants are constantly on the move in search of life-sustaining food and water. When a member of the herd no longer has the strength to go on, the matriarch must make the heart-breaking but inevitable decision to leave them behind. It is usually the very young and the very old who fall victim to prolonged dry seasons.
On the morning of 29th September 2021, our Field Operations Manager received a call from Salt Lick Lodge, in the Taita Hills Sanctuary. For the past 24 hours, they had been monitoring a baby elephant who had been abandoned in front of the lodge.
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3 years old
29 September 2021
Tsavo Ecosystem, Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
Date of Birth (approximate)
20 September 2020
Age at Rescue
12 months old (approx)
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Taabu, Kitiak and friends
Taabu browsing while lying down
Ahmed, Taabu and Rafiki
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Taabu and Mukutan
Elerai sparring with Taabu