"Despite her tragic start to life, Roi now has a new elephant and human family at our elephant orphanage in Nairobi National Park, Kenya, and has thrived among our keeper-orphan herd," Brandford wrote to The Dodo. "But, ultimately, it is her mother that should be raising her; to teach her what plants are safe to eat, elephant society and how to behave."
Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta, other heads of state, high-ranking U.N. and U.S. officials, and representatives from charities such as DSWT will watch the tusks of Roi's mother and thousands like her burn to ash on Saturday.
"Tomorrow as we watch the pyres go up in flames and mourn the fallen, our Keepers, the brave DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Rangers and our entire field operations will be hard at work, as they are tirelessly every day, continuing the fight for their survival in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service," Brandford said. "The tide is beginning to turn, and we will be there until this fight is over."