African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
DSWT Kaluku Neonate Nursery in Kenya

♂ Mayan


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Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 5 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 2018-11-00 wild
Birth place: in Tsavo National Park
Locations - owners
Present / last location:DSWT Kaluku Neonate Nursery, in Kenya

Date of arrival

2018-12-05DSWT Kaluku Neonate Nursery
from Manyani maximum security prison farm

2018-12-05Manyani maximum security prison farm
from DSWT Voi

2018-11-00DSWT Voi
from Tsavo National Park

Record history
History of updates2021-08-22

Latest document update2022-03-26 08:38:12
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Mayan is a living Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the DSWT Kaluku Neonate Nursery, in Kenya.

Mayan arrived in 2018-12-05 to the DSWT Kaluku Neonate Nursery, relocated from the Manyani maximum security prison farm, in Kenya.

Mayan lives together with 4 other elephants at the DSWT Kaluku Neonate Nursery:
  1. Lemeki
  2. Rokka born 2021?
  3. Thamana
  4. Vaarti born 2019?

detailed list with arrival dates etc.


Mayan was born wild 2018-11-00 at Tsavo National Park.

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It began on 5th December 2018, when KWS received a call from Manyani Prison. During their morning rounds, the guards had found an infant elephant calf at the bottom of the prison septic tank. His tiny body was completely submerged, with only his Trunk poking above the sewage like a desperate snorkel.

Any chance to reunite him with his Herd had evaporated, so KWS organised a rescue when they received the report from the Prison.

Dr Poghon of our KWS/SWT Tsavo Mobile Vet Unit headed to the prison, as did our Burra Anti-Poaching Team. They retrieved their tiny charge and drove him to our elephant reintegration unit in Voi, where he was treated to a deep (and desperately needed) clean. In the meantime, our helicopter flew to Voi to collect the calf and bring him to our Kaluku Neonate Nursery: given his young age and extremely fragile state, we determined that in Kaluku would could offer him the best hope for survival. We named the calf Mayan.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Mayan, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at DSWT Kaluku Neonate Nursery in Kenya. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 March 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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