Elephant Heroes: A Three-Week Odyssey of Saving Giants Trapped in Muddy Dilemmas

An ongoing drought has posed a unique challenge for the resident elephants in the arid expanses of the Tsavo Conservation Area in Kenya.

In the past three weeks, our dedicated teams have encountered an extraordinary predicament—three instances of rescuing fully grown elephants ensnared in muddy traps.

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Despite the prevailing drought, the Tsavo Conservation Area, enriched by adjacent Galana and Kulalu Ranches, still offers watering points and fresh vegetation, acting as an extended resource for wildlife. Elephants, in search of sustenance, venture deep into these ranchlands.


However, the drying dams on these ranches threaten the elephants. While most wisely navigate the muddy expanses, some daring individuals opt for shortcuts across the barriers.

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The thick, sticky mud and slippery surfaces make these elephants vulnerable, making a simple misstep a significant challenge.

Recently, a dam on Kulalu Ranch became the stage for three challenging situations. Recognizing the dangers of drying mud for elephants, these areas are closely monitored.


On July 12, our SWT/KWS Dakadima Anti-Poaching Tea successfully rescued an elephant stuck in the dam, with support from KWS rangers, ADC rangers, and Kulalu Camp personnel.

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On July 31, a different elephant faced a similar fate in the same dam, requiring the intervention of the SWT/KWS Kapangani Anti-Poaching Team.

These successful operations ensured the elephants’ safety, with both individuals quickly recovering from their muddy ordeals.


The third operation, unfolding the next day, proved to be the most challenging. Along with KWS and ADC rangers, our team worked tirelessly to rescue an elephant stuck in drying mud.

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The mission extended into the night, finally succeeding at 10 pm. What transpired next was nothing short of extraordinary.

A wild herd appeared as the rescue team pulled the bull to solid ground. In a remarkable display of solidarity, the pack surrounded the recumbent bull and helped him to his feet together.


In this awe-inspiring moment, we showcased the cooperative nature of adult elephants during rescue missions.

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Despite being wild, these majestic creatures seemed to understand they were receiving assistance.

The culmination of the third operation, with wild elephants taking over for the final act, provided a fitting conclusion to these tales of rescue and resilience.


With the support of his friends, the rescued bull rose to his feet and vanished into the darkness, continuing his journey through the challenging times of Kenya’s drought.

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As these giants navigate adversity, our teams remain committed behind the scenes, ensuring the well-being of Kenya’s majestic elephants.

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Canidae Pet Food Reviews: An In-Depth Look

Choosing the right pet food is crucial for the health and well-being of our furry friends. In this blog post, we'll delve deep into Canidae pet food, a popular choice among pet owners, and provide an in-depth review based on various sources.

Canidae is a well-known brand in the pet food industry, offering a range of products designed to cater to pets of all ages, breeds, and sizes.

Product Range:

  • Canidae All-Life Stages (Dry): This vet-formulated product suits dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes. It's available in both dry and wet formulas.
  •  Canidae Pure: A limited-ingredient diet crafted for dogs with food sensitivities. Each recipe typically includes 7 to 10 ingredients.

Key Ingredients

The Canidae All Life Stages Multi Protein Formula, which represents the brand's product line, contains ingredients like chicken meal, turkey meal, brown rice, peas, oatmeal, and barley. Chicken meal, the primary ingredient, is a meat concentrate with nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

Recalls and Safety

Canidae has had recalls in the past. It's essential to stay updated with the brand's recall history to ensure your pet's safety.

Customer Reviews

The Canidae Dog Food product line has earned an overall rating of 4.5 stars from The Dog Food Advisor. The Canidae All Life Stages Dog Food has received the Advisor's second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros: High protein content, suitable for all life stages, contains beneficial ingredients like flaxseed and taurine.
  •  Cons: It contains some controversial ingredients, and not all minerals are chelated, which might affect absorption.


Canidae All Life Stages is a grain-inclusive dry dog food that uses a notable amount of named meat meals as its primary source of animal protein. With an above-average protein content and a profile suggesting a significant amount of meat, it comes highly recommended for pet owners.