On 18th April 2021 Kiteto, a little female elephant baby, was found by villagers in Makame Wildlife Management Area. The previous night a big herd of elephants had ventured into farmland. Village game scouts helped the villagers to scare the herd off the fields and it is presumed that in the confusion of the night the baby was lost.
The CREW team headed out with vet and care taker team and equipped with first aid supplies, special milk, electrolytes, medicines and equipment. At the same time a ranger vehicle was racing through the bush with Kiteto onboard, to meet the CREW. Heavy rains made the journey difficult and it took all efforts of the experienced rangers to manage the terrain. When the two cars met up, first aid started. The baby was very weak, severely dehydrated and lethargic, she slept most of the journey.
Kiteto is still alive and even has put on some weight, despite looking extremely thin. Although the bruises on her body healed, Kiteto still has nightmares at night, trying to digest her loss and separation from her mother and herd. Lots of attention, patience and LTC will be needed so she can turn in what we are hoping for: a happy, healthy, playful elephant calf.