Bongo is one of my favorite orphans. Why? He seems to understand he has it good where he is. After being on his own for about two months, after being separated from his herd for whatever reason, he has other elephants, greens, and milk! He seems like a funny guy to me, after reading about him. Why? Because given the opportunity to run to freedom after weeks of confinement, he stayed put, while Narok and Laragai ran away, taking a few older orphans with them. Bongo seems quite determined not to be on his own again. You may read the story/drama here.
Here’s a less dramatic, and less black-humor-funny, update of Bongo:
We are delighted to see how well elephant calf BONGO is settling in at the Ithumba stockades.Having been seen wandering alone into community lands on the slopes of Mt Kenya 3 months ago, the local community were threatening to kill the elephant if we did not remove him from the area.Due to his size and bearing 5 inch tusks, we decided to relocate BONGO to Ithumba to mix with the larger orphans following a short stint at the Nursery. Having been in his stockade for a number of weeks we were anxious as to how BONGO would interact with the larger orphans at Ithumba. Fortunately he has taken very well to his new surroundings, taking his feeds well and regularly enjoying a cool down in the mud bath!
Watch BONGO’s rescue video here: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/orphan_profile.asp?N=300