Tomboi's Story

On the morning of the 15th December, an alert came from Ian Craig of Lewa Downs that there was an infant orphan in Samburu National Reserve. Immediately a rescue was scrambled, the plane left, and when it was 15 minutes out of Nairobi, we received another phone call from Ian Douglas-Hamilton of Save The Elephants Foundation to the effect that they would like to try and return the calf to its rightful owner - the mother. We recalled the plane and awaited news of the success or otherwise of this exercise, having warned Ian that although we had been successful returning a baby to its mother in Amboseli on two occasions, the lesson of little Seraa prompted caution with the Laikipia population, who have been subjected to a great deal of poaching and human harassment. Iain Craig had told us that gunshots had been heard in Samburu the previous night, and we suspected that this could have caused the calf to be either separated from the herd and abandoned, or orphaned.He had a nasty gash in his cheek, which the Rangers thought might be as a result of an attack from a leopard before being rescued at 5.30 a.m. after he was heard screaming near the Ranger Quarters. However, upon closer inspection of the wound, it is obviously caused by a blunt object, and we suspect as a result of being tusked, probably when the herd panicked. His name is "Tomboi" which, in the Samburu dialect means "Boy without a Father". His mother's name is Temperome, his aunt known as Chastity and he apparently belongs to the family known as the Virtues.(Endurume was his Virtue name).

Tomboi's Story

Tomboi did very well at the Nairobi Nursery and was moved in the first group with Wendi and Yatta to Ithumba in 2004. He has maintained a tight bond with these females as well as his human family, and frequents the Ithumba stockades to say hello to the Keepers and the dependent orphans there.

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Adopt Tomboi for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Current age

16 years old

Gender

Male

Rescued date

15 December 2002

Rescue Location

Samburu, Samburu National Reserve

Date of Birth (approximate)

10 December 2002

Reason Orphaned

Panic separation / stampede

Age at Rescue

0 weeks old (approx)

Current Location

Living Wild

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Tomboi's Latest Photos

Tomboi having Lucerne with the babies

Tomboi enjoying Lucerne with the orphans

Tomboi being treated

Tomboi drinking with the orphans

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Tomboi at the stockades

Tomboi comes for a visit

Tomboi with Lucerne on his head