STORIES FROM THE HERD


Local Community Goat Milk

One of the main things that has made a big difference in being able to raise these small and vulnerable calves, and especially those with challenging injuries such as Lomunyak and Long’uro is the discovery of using a new milk formula which is far easier for the elephants to digest, extremely nutritious and best of ...

Lomunyak, alias Lucky

Lomunyak aka” Lucky” in Samburu language, now 8months old. He was rescued from Elephant Bedroom Camp Samburu National Reserve after being separated from his mother mid-April this year. He was approximately 6-8 weeks old when rescued after surviving what seemed to be a lion attack. He nearly drowned at Ewaso Nyiro River when the security ...

Reteti Prayer Day!

I don’t know if you know this, but the name "Reteti" (Reteti elephant Sanctuary) in Samburu means a Fig Tree (Ficus thonningii). The Fig Tree is a sacred tree in the belief system of the Samburu people. It grows in groves that are regarded sacred. In stressful times, people will travel long distances to sit ...

It’s Our 4th Anniversary!

It has been four great years, and we are happy to celebrate it with you! Reteti Elephant Sanctuary was officially opened by the Samburu County Governor, H.E Moses Lenolkulal, back on the 20th of August 2016. Designed to Rescue, Rehabilitate, Reunite and Release orphaned and abandoned elephant calves while creating benefit to the people and ...

World Rhino Day: Loijipu

It’s rhinoceroses day and as Reteti community, we are proud of our first  black rhino rescue and release, meet Loijipu. Loijipu is the beloved Reteti black rhino. His name means “to follow,” or “second in line,” and he was named after the area where he was found. He was your typical, albeit very sweet, wild ...

Kone: The Loyal

Kone came to us form Ewaso, Simba lodge near Samburu National park on 8th April 2019.She was found in despair from the death of her own mother, suckling and trying desperately to push her up, to revive her. Her mother died of natural causes on the banks of the Ewaso River. She is to say ...

Goodbye Naibunga!

Northern Kenya is known for its vast dry interior with seasonal rains set apart by Great Plains stretching through the Matthew ranges over thatched land and beyond. It’s a land of contrast, plants and animals must adapt to harsh conditions to survive. Elephants have developed for ages a social system of control to fend for ...

Meet The Cheerful Bule

  31st March It’s was a beautiful morning, that promised a perfect day. Indeed it lived up to its word. A new baby arrived, beautiful Bule joined us. Bule is approximately 2-3 months old healthy baby girl. She was found by Sarova Shaba National Reserve Community (Isiolo County) wandering early morning. She was split from ...

World Elephant Day: Wild Rose Project

We are teaming up with Wild Rose! We love partnering with local, ethical and sustainable brands like Wild Rose! Not only are our values aligned but they also love elephants and understand the important role they play in this landscape of North Kenya, not only for the environment but also for the local people. Wild Rose, ...

World Ranger Day!

On this day, we celebrate our keepers/rangers who rescue, reunite and provide critical care to our young elephants, ensuring that they regain their health, and release them back to the wild to thrive. We also give thanks to those who are currently risking their lives every day at the forefront of wildlife conservation. Photo: Vivian ...

Long’uro’s Party

It was an unusual gathering. On the menu was rice, chapati, mutton, assorted vegetables, fruits and soft drinks to wash down the sumptuous and filling meal. The keepers’ party went on for hours, periodically punctuated by the all-important duty of tending and feeding 'the babies'. The occasion? - celebrating Long’uro. Now bubbly, bouncy and sometimes ...

Four Rescued Elephant Calves Successfully Returned To The Wild

THURSDAY 28 MAY 2020 - Reteti Elephant Sanctuary has successfully released four hand-reared elephants, Loisaba, Baawa, Lchurai and Nadasoit into their new home Sera Community Wildlife Conservancy. This is the third elephant release from the community-run Reteti Elephant Sanctuary to Sera Rhino Sanctuary. Sera was selected for its proximity (just a few hours from Reteti) ...

Why Elephants Like a Uniform

Article shared from an original piece on the Northern Rangelands Trust's website. Does an elephant at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary care if his keeper is in uniform or not? Yes! “When you wear different clothing every day, elephants might not recognize you, but with a uniform which they are used to, they do not become agitated,” says ...

Four More Elephants Heading Back to the Wild

The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary team is ready to rewild four more of the elephants in our care. Nchurai, Nadosoit, Baawa and Loisaba will be leaving us soon. While we’ll be sad to see them go, this is ultimately what we work so hard to achieve. Being in our care for the past four years has ...

Long’uro

The Reteti RESCUE Team never know what the day is going to bring. Every single rescue, they travel for hours throughout the dry unforgiving and challenging areas, sometimes inaccessible by road or air the team will walk for hours in the heat of Northern Kenya offering assistance to any baby Ele in need. Every rescue ...

Second Group of Rescued Elephant Calves Return to the Wild

22nd November, 2019  This month we successfully returned our second group of rescued and rehabilitated elephants to the wild. Three elephants aged between three and five were moved in late November, following the pioneering ‘re-wilding’ of three of their stable-mates in May this year. The move was a partnership between the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, Namunyak Community ...

World Elephant Day Fundraiser: Buy an Ami Vitale Print or Enter to Win a Camera

On World Elephant Day, we are excited to launch a print sale and an exclusive sweepstakes by National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale. You have until August 12th to pick up this print of adorable Nadasoit saying hello. It is available in four different sizes starting at $150. Or for a donation of $10, you are automatically ...

Getting to Wild Again; a Reteti Success Story

Separated from their mothers by abandonment or poaching, rescued by community scouts and hand reared by dedicated Samburu keepers, then released fit and strong back into their wild homeland — this is the story of three young elephants that is as heart-breaking as it is heart-warming, and a true testament to the strength of community ...

A Dave Matthews Film and A Chance to Win a Trip to Reteti

We were recently honored to host musician Dave Matthews at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. We are thrilled to be able to share this breathtaking Ami Vitale film about his visit and the incredible impact Reteti and community-based conservation are having on northern Kenya. In addition to the film, Dave Matthews, in coordination with Conservation International, has launched an extraordinary sweepstakes. For a contribution of ...

To Save Elephants, It Takes a Village: Conservation International Interviews Reteti’s Katie Rowe

Through a partnership with Conservation International, Reteti focuses on rescue and return where possible, with the goal of reuniting calves with their mothers within 48 hours. This post is a cross post from Conservation International's blog. In it, Human Nature's Leah Duran spoke with Reteti co-founder Katie Rowe, recently nominated for the Pritzker Emerging Environmental ...

The Reteti Elephant Report: A Celebration of a Year

It is with great joy and profound gratitude that we share with you the inaugural issue of The Reteti Elephant Report. It features stories of the amazing elephants at Reteti, the incredible people who care for them and the major successes and conservation gains we have made this past year. This newspaper is a celebration ...

Loisaba Arrives and the Herd Welcomes Him

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary has welcomed another elephant into its fold. He is an eight-month old male calf. His name is Loisaba, in honor of the conservancy who brought him to us. This is how he came to live at Reteti: On morning of Thursday, 12 October, Loisaba Conservancy Conservation Officer Amos Chege received an urgent ...

Bawa – A Little Miracle

When little Bawa came to us, he was hovering between life and death. He was at most two-weeks-old. He had been stuck and submerged in the mud near Maralal for a long time. He was emaciated, dehydrated and scared. His eyes were burnt from staring up at the sun for 12 hours and his skin ...

Rescue and Reunite – A Success Story

The other day, we received a call from Sera Conservancy at about 9.30 in the morning that a three-week-old elephant calf had fallen into a very deep singing well. The RESCUE (Reteti Elephant Sanctuary Community United for Elephants) team safely got the calf out of the well. They then settled it into the shade, in ...

SHABA

On the 10th November 2016, at 15 months old she was collected by helicopter from Shaba National reserve where her mother had been shot dead, very accurately in the head by poachers. We assume it was a poacher as the evidence of the accurate killer shot to the head. That kind of shot takes precision ...

RESCUE OF SOSIAN

Late last night, word came in that a female elephant had been shot and wounded and that there were two young elephants with her who needed rescue. A lot of work is done to ensure that elephants that are rescued are actually orphans and not temporarily abandoned. In this situation the mother had to be ...

WHY ARE ELEPHANTS ORPHANED?

One of the reasons - The Singing wells For a great portion of Northern Kenya, the people and wildlife live side by side, sharing grasslands, forests, and water sources on community owned land. Kenya has two rainy seasons and two dry seasons, during the dry seasons the nomad pastoralists dig in to dried out river ...
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