My Region: US
On the morning of the 15th December 2002, 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, if feasible, 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.
20 years old
15 December 2002
Samburu, Samburu National Reserve
Date of Birth (approximate)
10 December 2002
Panic separation / stampede
Age at Rescue
0 weeks old (approx)
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Tomboi relaxing with the orphans
Buchuma and Tomboi
Tomboi with the orphans