Invest For Society adopted Dololo, orphan elephant

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Dololo’s Story

At Invest For Society, we care about wildlife and biodiversity. Indeed, we are convinced that we, all beings, share the same planet, the same futur and the same purpose in life. What better gift or action can we achieve in life than helping the life of another being?

That is why we chose to adopt Dololo, a young elephant from Kenya, born the 1st of March 2017, thanks to the works of Sheldrick Wildlife Trust organization.


In the early morning of the 9th September 2018 KWS Company Commander of the Taita Ranches, Mr Salim Makomba, received a report from the community regarding a submerged baby elephant located on privately owned land in Mzee Kirema’s dam outside of Tsavo East National Park towards Mackinnon Road. The community members told how they had watered their livestock late the previous evening and while there was a herd of elephants nearby there was no stricken elephant seen in the dam at that time.

The following morning, Sunday the 9th September, when returning to the Dam, they had discovered the young elephant floating in the middle of it, so the calf had run into trouble overnight. There was no knowing how many hours he had struggled for, submerged with only his trunk raised for breath.


Step 1: Rescue

The conditions surrounding the dam and wading into the dam were extremely treacherous underfoot, which meant the calf, once he had slipped had no ability to right himself. Obviously the herd because of the treacherous conditions could not help. Sensing the dangers and the desperation of the situation, and given that they were in a community area the herd abandon the calf and were long gone by the time the baby was discovered.


Step 2: Recovery

Caring for elephants is a round-the-clock, day in and day out commitment

Dololo arrived into our care painfully thin, riddled with parasites and suffering from an infection to his eyes, it was a fight to save him. However, nine months on and he’s transformed into a happy, healthy and handsome young bull.


Step 3: The Reintegration Process

From the age of three, the orphans are usually ready to graduate and are transferred with their Keepers to one of our three Reintegration Units based in protected conservation areas.

Step 4: Living Wild

Becoming wild is a gradual process that takes many years and happens at an individuals own pace, often dictated to by how old they are when orphaned.


When you contemplate at these two pictures below, you understand how powerful we are when we do act for the right reason, for the right purpose. How we can change the destiny of another being on that earth, by giving a part of our time, a part of our earnings, a part of our compassion to help others.

Here you can see how heartwarming it is to offer a life at a young unlucky elephant. How it is to offer freedom of enjoying and contemplating the wonderful planet and life we are all sharing.

Thanks to your choices, involvement and contribution to Invest For Society, we could keep acting that way to give a sense at our day to day life, while bringing a happier and healthier life to our peers.

Good luck Dololo!



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