African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya

♀ Samburu

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Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Management:Free contact
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Samburu National Reserve
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, in Kenya

Date of arrival

2018-05-00Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
from Save the Elephants Samburu research centre

2018-05-00Save the Elephants Samburu research centre
from Samburu National Reserve

Record history
History of updates2024-01-12

Latest document update2021-08-30 17:14:13
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Samburu is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, in Kenya.

Samburu arrived in 2018-05-00 to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, relocated from the Save the Elephants Samburu research centre, in Kenya.


Samburu lives together with 15 other elephants at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. 1. ♂ Baawa
  2. 2. ♀ Ewaso
  3. 3. ⚪ Hamsini
  4. 4. ♀ Kikwa born 2018
  5. 5. ♀ Lchurai born 2017
  6. 6. ♀ Lingwezi
  7. 7. ♂ Loisaba born 2017
  8. 8. ⚪ Meibae
  9. 9. ♀ Mpala
  10. 10. ♀ Nadasoit
  11. 11. ♂ Pokot
  12. 12. ⚪ Sera
  13. 13. ♀ Shaba
  14. 14. ♀ Sosian
  15. 15. ♂ Warges


Samburu was born wild at Samburu National Reserve.

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The team at Save the Elephants’ Research centre in northern Kenya got the surprise of their life when a lost baby elephant walked into the middle of their camp recently. The team are used to monitoring and occasionally rescuing wild elephants in the field but this was the first time an elephant had ever approached them for help!

The 300kg baby’s unannounced visit came just thirty minutes after a nearby tourist facility, Samburu Lodge, reported seeing a small calf alone on the river bank. (STE) '>STE immediately dispatched a team to investigate.

Within minutes, the baby was on her way to Reteti to start a new chapter of her life where she would meet other elephants. These include the young calf, Shaba, whom we helped to rescue with the Kenya Wildlife Service after her mother was killed in 2016, and Ewaso, rescued last year by our team, KWS and staff from Elephant Bedroom camp after she nearly drowned in the Ewaso river.

Reteti sanctuary, which has named the new baby ‘Samburu', reports happily that she has ‘settled in and is strong’. None of us will ever forget the strength and courage of the little lone elephant who walked into our camp on the banks of the Ewaso river.

Samburu in Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Samburu, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 27 February 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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