One day on assignment with the Mara Elephant Project in in Kenya's Maasai Mara, we received a call that a baby elephant had her trunk severed by a bushmeat snare. I followed the team of wildlife experts and vets from the Mara Elephant Project and the Kenya Wildlife Service on a rescue of this young creature.
It was both a heartbreaking and risky operation as it unfortunately involved separating her from her protective mother. We flew with her to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi for emergency surgery. Today Enkesha is faring well, despite only having half a trunk.