Mokogodo: A Heartwarming Tale of Rescue and Renewal in Laikipia

In a picturesque corner of Laikipia, a heart-stealing arrival named Mokogodo captivates with her irresistible charm.

Her journey began on February 13, 2023, against the backdrop of the lush Mukogodo Forest, where the Samburu tribe discovered her, a tiny orphaned calf, alone and vulnerable.

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Despite the late hour, the urgency of her situation spurred a swift rescue mission. With the Kenya Wildlife Service’s approval and aided by Borana and Lewa Wildlife Conservancies, Mokogodo was airlifted to safety just as dusk descended.


She found refuge at the Nairobi Nursery, aptly named to remind her of the special place she was saved.

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Mokogodo’s arrival at the Nursery was met with relief and hope. Despite her tender age, she showed signs of resilience, with some teeth already emerging, a positive indicator of her health.

Adaptation came naturally as she swiftly embraced her new environment, enjoying her meals and bonding with her companions.


Drawing parallels with another orphaned calf, Lemeki, Mokogodo shares a resilient spirit. Yet, her demeanor leans towards sweetness and vitality, endearing her to all.

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With boundless energy and contagious joy, she infuses every moment with playfulness, captivating humans and fellow elephants alike.

Her keepers describe Mokogodo as affectionate and playful, forming close bonds with her companions.


From the “blanket babies” group to her nightly companion Muridjo, she finds companionship and comfort in her new family.

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Mokogodo’s future shines brightly, a testament to the compassion and collaborative efforts that saved her.

With each playful flap of her ears and every endearing gesture, she reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.

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