In a heartwarming tale from the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, a tiny inhabitant faced a dire situation that would touch the hearts of many.
This forest, nestled just a few kilometers inland between Malindi and Kalifi towns in Kenya, is a last bastion of hope for numerous wildlife species, including a small but significant population of elephants.
We’re proud to stand alongside the Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service in their dedicated efforts to conserve this precious ecosystem.
A baby elephant was in a predicament on a fateful morning, January 4th. It had unintentionally fallen into a water trough and could not free itself.
Outside the trough, the distressed mother elephant kept a vigilant watch while the calf’s older sibling stood nearby, equally concerned.
Our team, working diligently to prevent poaching in collaboration with KWS and Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke, recognized the situation’s urgency.
However, the protective mother elephant posed a formidable challenge, preventing anyone from getting close enough to help.
In a stroke of luck, KWS came to the rescue. The SWT helicopter was unavailable due to an urgent human-wildlife conflict issue, but the KWS helicopter, equipped with a vet, swooped down from Nairobi. What unfolded was a delicate ballet of skill and compassion.
The pilot of the KWS helicopter expertly maneuvered between the mother elephant and the water trough, gently coaxing her to a safe distance without sedation. The rescue operation was set into motion with the mother out of harm’s way.
In moments that felt like an eternity, the teams from the Trust approached the trough and carefully lifted the baby elephant to safety all. At the same time, the KWS helicopter provided vital support. Every onlooker held their breath as this heartwarming drama played out.
Then, a scene that will warm your heart – the mother and older sibling rushed to embrace their little one, creating a beautiful and emotional start to the new year.
In the face of daunting challenges, the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest reminds us of the incredible resilience and dedication of those committed to preserving our planet’s natural wonders.