This holiday season we received a very special gift and are now the proud foster parents of Murera, an orphaned elephant who now lives happily at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. Here is the story of little Murera, from how she was found, to her rescue and final adoption by On The Go.
In February 2012 a two-and-a-half year old elephant was discovered injured and alone in Meru National Park in Kenya. Weak and frightened, this young orphaned calf was rescued and transported to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Kenya, where she would begin her recovery.
Here she was given the name Murera.
The morning following her arrival at the DSWT Murera collapsed from exhaustion and was put on life-support. Finally the keepers were able to properly tend her wounds. It was now clear that Murera had become injured after stepping on poisoned spikes placed underneath the soil of an elephant trail – a cruel, yet common, tactic used by poachers. Three deep puncture wounds were disinfected and packed with green clay on one hind leg, while the extensive internal tissue damage due to a fall were deemed healable with plenty of rest.
In her rescue story it is said that the other nursery residents would crowd around her stable giving her love and encouragement to recover. One particular inmate, Orwa, developed such a strong bond with Murera that he had to be moved to the stable next door as Murera would become distressed when he left for the evening. After two weeks of healing Murera was finally allowed to join an orphan herd, where she continued to show signs of improvement every day.
It is thought Murera was orphaned when her mother was killed for her ivory as poaching continues to be rife in Africa. The majority of the young elephant orphans in the care of the DSWT are victims of poaching, many losing their families to the ivory trade. The DSWT ensure they are on hand around the clock to rescue orphaned and injured wildlife who have fallen victim to the ivory trade or human-wildlife conflict issues. Through their campaign website www.iworry.org. the DSWT are raising global awareness of poaching and calling for a complete ban on the trade in ivory.
As brand new foster parents we will continue to hear about Murera, her development and growth at the DSWT and her hopeful final release back into the wild.
Find out more about the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and their work visit their website here.