On 6th May 2016, Angela Sheldrick was called by Simon Gitau, Senior Warden Mount Kenya, with reports of an orphaned elephant sighted in community lands, abandoned by the elephant herds of Mount Kenya National Park. The community thankfully were elephant friendly and sought to find assistance for the little baby alerting KWS personnel in the area.
With heavy rain storms that afternoon in Nairobi it seemed unlikely that the calf could be captured in time and driven the one hour to the Nanyuki airstrip before night fall, so the decision was made to rescue the baby and keep her overnight at the Kenya Wildlife Service Mount Kenya headquarters.
7 years old
7 May 2016
Mount Kenya Region
Date of Birth (approximate)
4 October 2015
Age at Rescue
7 months old (approx)
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Sagala and Tagwa with the Voi orphans
Tagwa with a new rescue
Tagwa showing Dabida how to mud bath
Tagwa relaxing in the mud
Tahri and Tagwa at the water trough
Tagwa, Juni and Sagala
Tagwa, Lemeki and Murit
Juni behind Tagwa