Yatta's Story

A female calf estimated to have been born towards the end of September 1999 and just 1 month old when rescued. This little female calf was a poaching victim, her mother found dead (less her tusks) in the Tsavo/Athi triangle of Tsavo East National Park, below the Yatta Plateau.

Yatta's Story

The calf's bellowing was heard by a labour gang working nearby, who went to investigate and came upon her not far the her dead mother. They walked across the Mtito tributary, loaded her onto the back of an old Landrover and drove her across the crocodile infested Athi river to the nearest Airfield at Tsavo Tsafari Camp, from whence she was flown to Nairobi.

For a long time Yatta was troubled by a strange condition that puzzled all the Vets – weakness, periodic stiff joints and sometimes complete collapse. After massive doses of colloidal silver, glands in her neck became inflamed, then subsided, and a huge hard abscess developed on the side of her face, which was unusually not tender to the touch. In time this softened and burst, after which the wound healed cleanly, and her problem vanished! Whilst in the Nursery she also suffered from a sluggish metabolism, as, indeed did Emily when young, so she was moved to Tsavo along with Kinna and Mukwaju in February 2001 following unseasonal rains in January.
Since then Yatta has thrived. She is a confident and gentle character, whose best friend is Kinna and together they walk together, with Yatta as the matriarch, with their wild born babies near Ithumba in Tsavo East where they were reintroduced to the wild.

Adopt Yatta for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Adopt Yatta for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Current age

19 years old

Gender

Female

Rescued date

26 October 1999

Rescue Location

Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP

Date of Birth (approximate)

26 September 1999

Reason Orphaned

Poaching

Age at Rescue

0 months old (approx)

Current Location

Living Wild

Yatta's featured photos

Our digital adoption programme includes the following:

Personalised adoption certificate.

Monthly email update on your orphan and the project.

Monthly water colour by Angela Sheldrick.

Access to special content; latest Keepers' Diaries, videos and photos

Give Yatta the gift of life by adopting today.

Yatta's Calves

Meet Yatta's wild born offspring.

Yetu

Female

Yetu was born just outside the Ithumba Stockades and was proudly introduced to our Keepers and dependent orphans when she was just hours old and still wobbly on her feet.

Yoyo

Male

As Yatta's second calf, Yoyo has a doting older sister and lots of nannies on hand to watch over him as he grows.

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Yatta's Latest Photos

Yatta and Mulika

Yatta's group with the orphans

Yatta with babies Yoyo and Siku

Wendi and Yatta's ex-orphan herd

Yatta

Yatta

Yoyo and Yatta

Yatta and Yoyo at the stockade