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A female calf estimated to have been born towards the end of September 1999 and just one-month-old when rescued. This little 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.
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 Safari Camp, from whence she was flown to Nairobi.
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23 years old
26 October 1999
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East NP
Date of Birth (approximate)
26 September 1999
Age at Rescue
0 months old (approx)
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Yatta's group joins the orphans
Yatta leading her group
Yatta leading the ex orphans
Yatta, Wendi and their group
Yatta's baby Yetu and her baby
Mulika & Yatta's families having a drink
Yatta and Yoyo