On the afternoon of 5th December 2021, the Samburu Trust raised the alarm to KWS and ourselves about to an injured orphaned elephant. He had clearly been through a terrible ordeal: His mother had been killed due to human-wildlife conflict. He was located five days later with an injury to his rump, which was more than likely caused by a glancing spear.
Given the remote location, we chartered a helicopter to pull off the rescue. The pilot flew directly to the site, where Samburu Trust scouts were waiting with the calf. As soon as the helicopter touched down, it was all hands on deck to secure the precious cargo. Although very young, he was still quite large. Everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief to find that he fitted onboard!
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.
3 years old
5 December 2021
Isiolo County, Ltingai
Date of Birth (approximate)
15 July 2020
Age at Rescue
16 months old (approx)
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