The drought in the southern area of Tsavo East National Park was brutal last year, the worst recorded in over 35 years, with close on 400 elephants succumbing to the conditions brought on through lack of food rather than lack of water. Poor rains for three years culminated in a tragic spectacle in the months of July, August, September and October of 2017. It was heartbreaking to watch the weak, young and old falling victim to such unforgiving conditions. With the country largely gripped in drought, and a huge strain on all the resources throughout, there was no quick fix available to provide food for literally hundreds of wild elephants in an area the size of Israel. We received many drought victims last year who came into our care, young calves found more often than not already in a state of collapse as a result of starvation. Tahri, named after the area she was first located along the Voi River circuit of Tsavo East National Park, was another drought victim, but thankfully was sighted in the nick of time.
3 years old
17 September 2017
Amboseli Ecosystem, Amboseli Environs
Date of Birth (approximate)
15 September 2015
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
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Tahri by the mud bath
Arruba, Nelion and Tahri join wild herd
Murit, Tahri and Mbegu
Kenia staying close to Tahri and Araba
Embu, Mashariki, Nelion, Lentili and Tahri
Tahri, Ndotto, Arruba and Embu at the water trough
Tahri playing with Kenia
Kihari centre blocking Lentili from accessing Tahri