Samburu National Reserve in Kenya

Samburu National Reserve

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Place Samburu District, Rift Valley Province
Country Kenya


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Record history
History of updates2022-04-18

Latest document update2022-04-18 05:27:14
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Samburu National Reserve, in Samburu District, Rift Valley Province, Kenya , was founded in 1970.

Living elephants

At the Samburu National Reserve lives 26 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Alpin (wild)
  2. Alto
  3. Anastasia
  4. Ansel
  5. Bora
  6. Cinnamon (wild)
  7. Hurricane born 2004
  8. Lewis
  9. Luna born 2001
  10. Malasso (wild) born ~1999
  11. Malka
  12. Morgan
  13. Noor (wild) born ~2003
  14. Pilate
  15. Rosalynn (wild) born 1993
  16. Rosewood
  17. Shadrack (wild)
  18. Soutine (wild)
  19. unknown
  20. unknown born 2021-09-01?
  21. unknown born 2009
  22. unknown (twin) born 2023-11-00
  23. unknown (twin) born 2023-11-00
  24. Unnamed (twin) born 2022-01-00
  25. Wendy
  26. Winston
and possibly other wild elephants which have no record in this database.

Comments / picturesSamburu National Reserve is located north of Nairobi, and was established in the 1970's. Samburu National Reserve is adjacent to the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. Samburu Reserve is 40 square miles in size; temperature during the day is hot, but tends to cool during the night.

2022: The extremely rare twins, a boy and a girl, were first discovered in January in the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya. They were the first elephant twins to be born in the area for nearly two decades.

2022-03-23: Save the Elephants' Head of Field Operations, David Daballen said in a statement it was "incredible news."For months after the initial sighting, the twins were not seen, leaving conservationists to ponder their fate. However, over March 19 and 20, they were spotted alive and well by lion protection project Ewaso Lions. "Despite the terrible drought, Bora has managed to feed the babies and keep them alive. Twin elephants rarely survive so we are absolutely delighted with this news," he said. "It just goes to show how resilient elephants are and what wonderful mothers they make. We look forward to monitoring their progress."

References for records about Samburu National Reserve

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Samburu National Reserve, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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2022-03-23Miracle elephant twins that had little chance of surviving found alive - Elephant News

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