On the 1st October 2003, we welcomed another tragic orphan into the Nairobi Nursery, who was the subject of another dramatic rescue, and a tragedy that should not have been. The calf’s origin is the Hilton Hotel’s Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, a small patch of private land sandwiched between Tsavo West’s National Park’s Southern boundary and the densely populated Taita Hills. The Sanctuary boasts two lodges, one named Taita Hills Lodge modelled on a German Fort to commemorate the fighting that took place in this area during the First World War between the British and the Germans, and the other a Lodge built on stilts overlooking a waterhole and named Salt Lick Lodge."At around 11 a.m. we received a call from Tsavo East Headquarters that a young elephant had fallen into a septic tank at Salt Lick Lodge. It was reported that the mother of the calf was nowhere in sight and that the calf was of tender age.
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18 years old
1 October 2003
Tsavo Ecosystem, Taita Ranches
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 February 2003
Man-made cause for separation
Age at Rescue
7 months old (approx)
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Taita with the orphans
Taita with Dad
Taita and Maisha
Chemi Chemi & Taita at the stockade compound
Taita & wild friend enjoy Lucerne with the babies
Taita plays with Meibai
Mundusi mud bathing close to Taita