Yatta, a pachyderm saved by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Kenya when she was just a calf, has recently brought her newborn to meet the people who raised her. Yatta had lost her mother in 1999 and since then, she has been living in the wilderness with other ex-orphans for more than eight years.
When Yatta was young, she grew up in the DSWT sanctuary where she was cared for by humans alongside other orphaned elephants. Recently, Yatta returned to the sanctuary with her new offspring, Yoyo, and her first daughter, Yetu.
This touching encounter highlights the valuable efforts of DSWT, which has been rescuing and nurturing orphaned elephants for over four decades, as well as the powerful connections that can be established between people and animals.
Yatta provides assistance to a caregiver in eliminating ticks from Yoyo’s ears. The personnel at DSWT noted that Yatta introduced her new baby to the people who rescued her, earning her the nickname “proud momma.” Although ex-orphans’ return with their calves is not unusual, each trip is unique, according to Rob Brandford of DSWT. Brandford emphasized the importance of these visits, stating that elephants place a high value on their family bonds. Former caregivers are regarded as members of the elephant family. Yatta, now known as a “miracle mum,” has produced two healthy offspring fathered by wild-born elephants.
The DSWT received some great news when Yatta’s former orphan herd came back for a visit. To add to the excitement, two of Yatta’s adopted sisters also had calves in the same month, bringing the total number of wild-born babies to 28. This is a hopeful moment for the sanctuary, which rescues many elephants every year that are orphaned or injured due to poaching.
Yoyo is the name of the newborn calf of Yatta, a rescued elephant who lost her mother to poachers when she was only a month old. Fortunately, workers in the area heard her cries for help and brought her to DSWT for care. Yatta is one of the many orphaned elephants that DSWT has successfully reintroduced to the wild. Additionally, the organization has a team dedicated to safeguarding natural habitats from poachers who seek to harm these magnificent creatures.
Hey there! Yatta and her calf, Yoyo, are taking a leisurely stroll together. The team at DSWT is thrilled to see the former orphan elephants forming their own tight-knit families. It’s a wonderful reminder of just how successful the Orphans Project has been. What a gift!