The rescue of a baby elephant on the 4rd August 2009 was one of the more dramatic that has ever been undertaken. The 4 month old calf must surely rank as both the luckiest and unluckiest of elephant babies – lucky to have been found intact in the very remote and hostile region around South Turkana Reserve and unluckiest to have been born into a an area inhabited by wild and warring pastoral people of the Pokot and Turkana tribes who are constantly in conflict over the sparse resources centered around land and livestock, and have been so since time immemorial. Theirs is a forgotten Wild West frontier in Kenya where wildlife lives in a perpetual war zone, made that much worse by the fact that in this remote area almost every male tribesman now carries not a spear, or bows and arrows, but an AK47 machine gun, and uses it with impunity.
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10 years old
4 August 2009
South Turkana, South Turkana National Reserve
Date of Birth (approximate)
8 May 2009
Age at Rescue
2 months old (approx)
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Turkwel browsing on green shoots
Siangiki, Turkwel and Olsekki under a tree
Turkwel kicking Ambo
Enkikwe following Turkwel
Turkwel and Malima
Siangiki, Orwa and Turkwel
Turkwel and Karisa