The calf has since joined the herd of orphaned elephants at the
The female calf now named Llaro brings the
number of elephants in the orphanage to 19.
Baby elephant rescued from
gorge in western Tanzania
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
A baby elephant which lost its herd and
plunged into a deep gorge in western Tanzania’s district of
Sumbawanga has been rescued, a senior official said on Tuesday.
James Wakibara, Director General for the Tanzania Wildlife
Management Authority (TAWA) said that the baby elephant believed
to have come from one of the game reserves in western part of
the country was found trapped in a gorge on Sunday and was later
airlifted to safety by conservationists aboard an airplane.
He said that the exercise to airlift the young elephant from
Sumbawanga to the Makoa Farm’s elephant orphanage, located in
Kilimanjaro, was performed jointly by TAWA and the Friedkin
The official said: "It took about three hours to transport
the baby elephant from Rukwa to Kilimanjaro by plane.
"The Jumbo was escorted by wildlife and veterinary officers."
He said that if the young elephant could have died if it had
stayed longer in the precipice.
"After spotting it, our officers reported the matter and we
took efforts to rescue the animal," he said.
According to Wakibara, the little elephant will stay for a
while at the Makoa Farm in Kilimanjaro where wildlife and
veterinary officers will be checking its progress, before being
released back into the wild to join its herd.
One of the stakeholders in conservation, Joram Laizer praised
the joint efforts of Friedkin Conservation Fund and the TAWA in
rapid act of ensuring the jumbo’s safety, especially at the time
when wild animals face serious threats from poachers, diseases
and being the underdog in human-wildlife conflicts.
Wildlife officials reveal here that the baby elephant was
still in suckling stage and when it fell head-on into the gorge.
It badly injured both its trunk and mouth area, making it
difficult for the jumbo to feed.
Still, it is being hoped that the baby elephant will recover
in time to be sent back to join its family.
Due to drop in poaching cases, the number of elephants is on
steady increase throughout the country and many of the jumbo are
currently roaming freely across the landscape, with some, like
this baby jumbo, accidentally falling into valleys.