Among the Elephants Blog

The Saga of Omondi
November 30, -0001
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Omondi is one of the bull elephants we have been tracking in Kenya’s Maasai Mara since 2011 in partnership with the Mara Elephant Project. He was named after Patrick Omondi, the Kenya Wildlife Service stalwart who leads Kenya’s delegation to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

At the beginning of May the very threat that Patrick Omondi has devoted his life to fighting saw Omondi the elephant speared in the side. His tracks show that he moved four kilometres in one hour on 1st May, and when Brian Heath photographed him in the Maasai Mara on the 3rd it was evident that his condition was very serious, with a 3-day old wound.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) vet was away on leave, but thanks to swift cooperation between KWS and the Sheldrick Trust a backup vet was dispatched on an aircraft and was at the scene in three hours. Omondi was tranquilised and treated, and appears to have made a full recovery. It’s a success story that’s all to welcome in these difficult times for elephants.