Tragic news from Sheldrick Trust

Oct 31st, 2005, 04:18 PM
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Tragic news from Sheldrick Trust

On Friday, October 21st tragedy struck at the Sheldrick Trust. Patrick Dokata Mzee, one of the elephant keepers, was leading Shida, the baby rhino, out to meet the other keepers in Nairobi National Park. Shida stopped abruptly and Patrick walked back toward him trying to convince him to follow him. Unknowingly, Makosa, the six year old rhino now living free in the park was hiding behind a bush and charged Patrick and instanly killed him. KWS was called to protect the body until the authorities could get then. Makosa charged KWS also and ultimately had to be shot.

I have written Dr. Sheldrick to see if a fund will be set up to help Patrick's family. I haven't heard anything yet, but when I do I will let you all know.

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Oct 31st, 2005, 06:25 PM
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This is really sad. Thank you for keeping us informed.
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Oct 31st, 2005, 08:18 PM
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What sad news
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Nov 1st, 2005, 02:36 AM
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How tragic. Thanks for letting us know, Jan.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 04:43 AM
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That is very sad. I have been planning to go there on Friday of next week. I saw Makosa last year.... and Shida. I guess everyone who works like this puts their life at risk.

Very sad. I am looking through my photos to see if I have any of Patrick.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 03:26 PM
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This is so sad. Patrick must have been as important as an elephant matriarch to his human family. And Shida has seen the deaths of two mothers.

I saw a rhino chasing hartebeests in Nairobi NP and I think it must have been Makosa. He was a successful reintegration and I believe that being a terror isnít bad when youíre a black rhino. This just went so wrong.
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Nov 3rd, 2005, 04:25 AM
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This is so terrible.

But we have to remember - regardless the close contact that existed between these handlers (mothers) and the animals at Sheldrick, they are still just that animals - one just never knows. So sad!
Nov 11th, 2005, 10:54 PM
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I can confirm that they are setting up a fund for Patrick's family. I was up there yesterday and it's business as usual... although there was sadness when speaking to people away from the tourists and school children.

I'll probably head up there again next weekend. I've put some photos on my blog
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Nov 12th, 2005, 06:45 AM
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Can you give a link to that fund? Thanks
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Nov 22nd, 2005, 05:34 AM
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I haven't got a link but there are details of how to donate on the website.... and if you say I am sure they will allocate it.

I'm home now... and not planning a return trip until Sept next year.

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Nov 22nd, 2005, 04:36 PM
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To anyone interesting in donating to the Patrick Fund or to the veterinary medicine that the Trust does:


This will take you to the U.S Friends of Sheldrick Trust website. You can donate with your credit card. I would then followup with a note to [email protected] and let Steve know what your wishes are for the donation. The U.S. Trust will send you a receipt for tax purposes.

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Thanks Jan
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