With drought victims, time is of the essence. Dehydration and emaciation take an enormous toll on a young elephant, and if an orphan comes to us too far gone, it is extremely challenging to bring them back from the brink. In a vast wilderness like Tsavo, orphaned elephants could easily be swallowed up by the landscape, left to their lonely fate before they are ever discovered.
Oftentimes, our pilots make the first crucial sighting that ultimately saves a life — for during a drought, aerial patrols take on a whole new dimension. From their vantage point, they are uniquely positioned to spot something amiss in the infinite wilderness that would otherwise be lost forever. Those who are spotted and rescued in time are sadly the lucky few.
Such was the case with Weka. On the morning of the 8th September 2022, our fixed-wing pilot was conducting a routine patrol of the Voi River circuit. Scanning Tsavo East National Park as it unfolded below him, he spotted a small, lone elephant calf who looked to be in a very bad way. Based on her skin-and-bones emaciated appearance, she had been without her herd for some time.
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2 years old
8 September 2022
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
10 March 2021
Age at Rescue
17 months old (approx)
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Kerrio and Weka lying down in the forest
Weka in the forest
Sileita, Mukutan and Weka
Weka and Choka dusting
Weka looking after Mokogodo and Taroha
Weka kneeling by the mud bath
Weka looking after Mokogodo