From the shores of Lake Jipe to our Nairobi Nursery, little Taroha has come a long way since his rescue. We have been waiting quite some time to share this special elephant’s tale.
His rescue story began on 2nd March 2023, when KWS rangers spotted a lone, infant elephant calf. At approximately one year old, the calf was still milk-dependent and far too young to be without his mother. They monitored him for the day, but no elephants passed through the area. It became clear that he was an orphan.
The only available vehicle in the area at the time was the Trust’s JCB backhoe, which was stationed nearby on a building site. The little calf was hoisted into the vehicle’s big bucket and then driven to the KWS ranger base at Lake Jipe in Tsavo West National Park.
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.
23 months old
2 March 2023
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo West NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 March 2022
Age at Rescue
12 months old (approx)
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Taroha in the mud bath
Talek, Taroha and Pardamat
Taroha in a puddle
Taroha and Sileita
Sholumai and Taroha
Taroha and Talek
Taroha with Sileita