On Saturday 11th August, 2001, news came of another tiny orphan from a Refugee population of Laikipia Elephants sheltering in a tiny remnant Forest near a place called Nyahururu, which, in Colonial times was known as "Thomson's Falls", hence the name Thoma. This calf was apparently in the process of being transported by road to Mweiga Airfield, a distance of some 80 miles. We were prepared for another difficult customer, since the Refugee elephants, completely surrounded by human settlement, lead a life of trauma and terror at the hands of humans. Every time they step beyond the sanctity of their forest shelter, they are in trouble, and consequently they tend to have adopted a nocturnal feeding pattern, emerging only under cover of darkness to find whatever they can beyond the forest.
21 years old
11 August 2001
Laikipia, Rumuruti Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 June 2001
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Age at Rescue
2 months old (approx)
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Thoma playing with Thor
Mweya with Thoma
Thoma with Thor and Eve in the back ground
Icholta, Inca, Thor and Thoma arrive at the stockades
Dabassa Thor and Thoma
Thoma scratching her neck
Thoma and Thor in the water