5pm on the 20th July 2008 brought a call for Kerry Glen of Tumaren Ranch, in Laikipia, that a baby elephant had been seen standing beside a dying mother, with no other elephants around. The mother elephant appeared paralyzed, possibly poisoned but the reason was uncertain.
The decision was made to rescue the calf, since the mother was obviously beyond recovery. Fearing the calf would not survive without its mother, especially with predators prevalent on the ranch, Kerry Glen and Jamie, along with the ranch workers secured the baby. To end her suffering, the mother was later euthanased by KWS. The rescued calf was taken to Kerry and Jamie's home, where Jamie remained near the calf in an adjoining room all night. It was a sleepless and very disturbed ordeal, because the distraught baby, cried all night for her mother, and even tried desperately to climb through a window.
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15 years old
21 July 2009
Laikipia, Tumaren Ranch
Date of Birth (approximate)
26 September 2008
Age at Rescue
9 months old (approx)
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On 26th October 2023, we met Tembo, Tumaren's first baby — an enchanting little boy whose name means 'elephant' in Swahili. After losing her mother so cruelly at such a young age, we are delighted that Tumaren now has the opportunity to raise her own baby in the wild. Read more.
Tumaren with Tembo suckling
Tumaren with little Tembo
Tumaren with baby Tembo
Tumaren with a bale of hay
Melia and Tumaren