The beginning of Talek’s story remains a mystery, but we know that this resourceful, brave little girl did her very best to fend for herself in the vast Mara landscape before being rescued.
In late June, a tour driver reported a possible orphaned elephant to the Senior Warden of the Mara. At about seven months old, she was too young to be on her own. Clearly seeking a ‘family’ to latch onto, she had started following tour vehicles near Balloon Crossing in the Mara.
When the report came in, our SWT/KWS Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit were attending to a speared hippo. As soon as that treatment was complete, they turned their attention to the possible orphan. However, she had evaporated into the wilderness. Everyone hoped that she had reunited with her herd.
Important Note: Thank you for considering an adoption. Each orphan needs more than one foster parent: your adoption donation will be processed by the SWT UK and Kenya to help all the orphans in our care.
12 months old
26 June 2023
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Date of Birth (approximate)
10 November 2022
Age at Rescue
7 months old (approx)
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Talek with a small branch
Talek with a tortoise
Talek, Mzinga, Pardamat and Ahmed
Shujaa, Talek and friends
Taroha, Ahmed and Talek
Latika and Talek at the mud bath
Ahmed in between Talek and Pardamat
Shujaa and Talek on their way to the forest