Among hundreds of orphans we have rescued over the years, Vaarti’s story stands out as one of the most extraordinary moments we have ever witnessed. It is a testament to all that is great about elephants — their intuition, their empathy, and their intelligence.
Ithumba is not typically where an orphan’s story begins. As one of our three Reintegration Units, it is where an orphan graduates only once they have outgrown the Nursery. The orphans at Ithumba are older, ready to learn the ways of the wild and ultimately reclaim their place among Tsavo’s wild elephants. And yet, improbably, Ithumba is where Vaarti’s story began.
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
18 September 2019
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
2 August 2019
Age at Rescue
1 month old (approx)
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