African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
DSWT Nairobi nursery in Kenya

♂ Taabu

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Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 4 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 2020-09-00 wild
Birth place: in Tsavo National Park
Capture: 2021-09-29 Salt Lick Lodge, Taita Hills Sanctuary
Locations - owners
Present / last location:DSWT Nairobi nursery, in Kenya

Date of arrival

2021-09-29DSWT Nairobi nursery
from Tsavo National Park

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History of updates2022-04-17

Latest document update2022-03-31 04:30:51
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Taabu is a living Male ♂ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the DSWT Nairobi nursery, in Kenya.

Taabu arrived in 2021-09-29 to the DSWT Nairobi nursery, relocated from the Tsavo National Park, in Kenya.


Taabu lives together with 17 other elephants at the DSWT Nairobi nursery:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. 1. ♂ Choka born 2020-11-00
  2. 2. ♀ Doldol born 2021-11-00
  3. 3. ♀ Kerrio born 2021-01-00
  4. 4. ♀ Kiasa
  5. 5. ♂ Kiko
  6. 6. ♂ Kiombo born 2017-03-00
  7. 7. ♂ Maktao born 2017
  8. 8. ♂ Mukkoka born 2017-09-00
  9. 9. ♂ Naboishu born 2018-10-00
  10. 10. ♀ Nabulu
  11. 11. ♀ Naleku born 2019-07-00
  12. 12. ♀ Narok
  13. 13. ♀ Neshashi born 2019?
  14. 14. ♀ Olorien born 2019-04-00
  15. 15. ♂ Rama born 2018?
  16. 16. ♂ Roho born 2019-01-00
  17. 17. ♀ Sagateisa born 2021?


Taabu was born wild 2020-09-00 at Tsavo National Park, captured 2021-09-29 , captured at Salt Lick Lodge, Taita Hills Sanctuary.

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On the morning of 29th September 2021, our Field Operations Manager received a call from Salt Lick Lodge, in the Taita Hills Sanctuary. For the past 24 hours, they had been monitoring a baby elephant who had been abandoned in front of the lodge.

After capturing the calf, the team drove him down to the airstrip by Taita Hills Lodge, where a plane would collect him and fly him up to Nairobi.

We named him Taabu, which means “trouble” in Swahili. This is not a nod to his character — Taabu is an extremely cheerful and easy-going elephant — but rather to the troubled times in which he was orphaned. He is one of the lucky ones, spared from the fate that befalls so many calves during a challenging dry season.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Taabu, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at DSWT Nairobi nursery in Kenya. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 April 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=10448. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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