In the vast, arid landscape of Samburu in northern Kenya, a five-month-old elephant calf was discovered by his dead mother’s side, unwilling to leave the spot where she had passed away from an internal infection. The calf stayed with his mother until the day grew dark, before staff from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust came in to rescue the orphan.
As daylight began to peak, the calf was tranquilized and taken to the safe environment of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi. Watch the elephant calf’s rescue in this video, from the time he was found to the moment he arrives at his new home.
Sokotei, named by the elephant orphanage’s staff, will slowly be reintroduced back to the wild once his third birthday arrives.
Organizations, such as the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, are working to stop the rising number of poaching incidents in Africa and are avid protectors of the continent’s wildlife. Last year, the trust was able to rescue 50 orphaned elephant calves from the harsh predicament each was in.
If you would like to help Sokotei and the other orphaned calves, please consider making a donation to the Wildlife Trust here.