African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Marsabit National Reserve in Kenya

♀ Koya

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Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 25 years old
Management:Wild elephant
Born:* 1997 wild
Birth place: in Kenya unspecified location
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Marsabit National Reserve, in Kenya

Date of arrival

2020-05-00Marsabit National Reserve
from Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve
from Kenya unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2007-04-19

Latest document update2021-08-30 13:29:18
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Koya is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Marsabit National Reserve, in Kenya.

Koya arrived in 2020-05-00 to the Marsabit National Reserve, relocated from the Samburu National Reserve, in Kenya.


Koya was born wild 1997 at Kenya unspecified location.

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2019: Since she was collared in 2019, Koya and her Herd have moved through Melako, Sera and Biliqo Bulesa community conservancies in Samburu, Isiolo and southern Marsabit counties.

2021-05-14: A female elephant fitted with a GPS tracking collar has made a remarkable journey from Samburu to Marsabit in Northern Kenya - suggesting that elephants are starting to feel safe again.

Koya, aged 23, made the 48 mile trek with six of her family, traversing a danger zone once troubled by tribal conflict and Ivory Poaching. This is the first time a female elephant has ever been recorded making the journey. In 2008 a collared bull elephant named Shadrack made the journey in the opposite direction. Female elephants travel with their young and are therefore more risk-adverse, making Koya’s decision significant.

Koya in Marsabit National Reserve

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Koya, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Marsabit National Reserve in Kenya. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 18 August 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=8068. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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