On 6th April 2019, a lone calf was spotted wandering within the Oloisukut Conservancy in the greater Masai Mara and conservancy rangers were tasked to monitor her and report back in case she joined up with a herd.
On 7th April, the same calf was reported 10 kms away, she was still alone and now wandering within community lands near Enasoit area. Apparently she had been following herds boys with their livestock, and any vehicle that came close, seemingly desperate for company. Reports revealed that an arrow had been fired into her, and the SWT/KWS Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit was duly informed of this with KWS requesting she be retrieved and rescued, given that she was now visibly growing weak and her ventures into unprotected community lands were endangering her own life, and stressing the villagers out given that she was approaching young herds boys with their goats and sheep.
She was easy to locate and the SWT/KWS Vet team were able to safely restrain her without the use of drugs, fearful that she was too weak to cope with sedation. One arrow head was removed and the wounds cleaned and antibiotics administered before transporting her in the back of the waiting land cruiser to Kichwa Tembo airstrip in the Mara Conservancy. The Nairobi Nursery team had in the meantime been informed and an aircraft with elephant Keepers on board was already en route to the Mara, arriving to the airstrip soon after the team with the calf, so everything was carefully coordinated, which was imperative as time was marching on and the hour was growing late.
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4 years old
7 April 2019
Maasai Mara, Oloisukuk Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
9 March 2018
Age at Rescue
12 months old (approx)
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Ziwadi arrives in the forest
Ziwadi browsing once warm
Ziwadi browsing near the herd
Ziwadi relaxing during her dust bath
Ziwadi off browsing
Ziwadi scratching her eye