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.
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5 years old
17 September 2017
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
15 September 2015
Age at Rescue
2 years old (approx)
Voi Reintegration Unit
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Ella with Tahri
Tahri and Ndii
Godoma, Tahri and Arruba
Ndii and Tahri with trunks on their head
Tahri at the baobab tree
Tahri browsing with Arruba