Now able to walk further and further each day, Simotua continues to receive tender loving care from our keepers, surrounded by the love of the other orphans who like Simotua, have lost their mothers and herds. His stable neighbors include Elkerama, who we rescued in May, who comforted Simotua in his early days at our nursery, whilst he suffered physical and psychological trauma from the poacher's attack, reaching out and comforting him with his trunk.
A wild future
Buoyed by the successful treatment of Mwashoti and Murka, other orphans who have suffered similar wounds, we believe he will, one day, return to a full and able life back in the wild when he is fully grown. Should he ever be encumbered by his wounds, there remains the option that he could be reintegrated back into the wild at our Reintegration Centre in the Kibwezi Forest, a specialised Centre for orphans suffering from long term injuries - with accessible water and food.
Seeing his delight at being part of an elephant herd, surrounded by tender attention, we feel sure that his healing will be further accelerated and look forward to sharing more updates with you.