"The Mango Diaries"...Part 2...Wellington's Story.

Mfuwe Lodge
Published September 06, 2012 07:03 AM

Those of you who enjoyed "The Mango Diaries"...part 1, may be eagerly awaiting the next installment in the ongoing saga of Wonky Tusk and family and their annual adventures at Mfuwe Lodge. Whilst we now have to be patient and wait for the wild mangoes to ripen, and for the family to start to visit regularly...we thought that a little background and history might make the wait a little easier....

So...with that in mind...here is Part 2..."Wellington's Story".

Wellington is Wonky Tusk's youngest, and possibly last calf (after all she is getting on a bit!) He was born, we think, on the 31st October 2009. On that eventful day we heard a tremendous amount of trumpeting and squealing from Wonky and family, who were spotted rushing around in the woodland opposite the lodge viewing deck. Through binoculars a tiny baby could be seen wobbling around and sticking very close to old Wonky...

Less than two days later she strolled into the lodge grounds accompanied by her latest little, grey "bundle of joy"... A very proud mum, eager to show off her new son...who wasn't quite up the task of climbing the lodge steps!

For the next couple of months the new bouncing baby became a regular visitor along with mum and various relatives. He soon learned to negotiate the steps, often with the aid of a helpful trunk or a gentle kick, and rapidly became a star attraction for the lodge guests and staff.

It didn't take long to dream up a suitable name for such a precocious infant...after all, the rains had just arrived, and Wellies had become the order of the day....and, like the famous duke, he does have a rather large and prominent nose!

And so "Wellington" (or Wellie) it was....and ever since he has been a regular guest at Mfuwe Lodge and has continued to delight everyone with his rather cheeky antics. Over the past three years he has grown rapidly and now has the beginnings of a fine pair of tusks (with no sign of them being wonky!)

He has already starred in 'movies', been featured in magazine articles, is the subject of an illustrated children's book....and even has the 'World Ironman Champion', Chrissie Wellington, following his progress! We now look forward to this years continuing story...

To see Wellie in action, or sample "Wellington Gets the Boot"....go to



Ian Salisbury


Passage To Africa

Commented September 06, 2012 01:23 PM
Barbar, move aside....

Rachel McRobb

Commented September 06, 2012 01:35 PM
Looking forward to reading and seeing his adventures, that whole family are legends!!

Rachel McRobb

Commented September 06, 2012 01:36 PM
Looking forward to reading and seeing his adventures, that whole family are legends!!

Nicky Williams

Commented September 06, 2012 03:31 PM
Excellent Ian, Thanks for sharing this fantastic story, please keep them coming.

Oli Dreike

Commented September 06, 2012 03:45 PM
cant wait till they are visiting every day

Pam Sullivan

Commented September 06, 2012 04:38 PM
So very amusing, Ian...and great photos! Looking forward to the next installation.


Commented September 06, 2012 05:25 PM
I love hearing about Wonky and her family! Can't wait for all the updates in Mango Season!

Grace Cho

Commented September 06, 2012 10:19 PM
This is so cool! How often do they come through the lodge?

Ian Salisbury

Commented September 07, 2012 08:19 AM
As soon as the wild mangoes start to fall they come through the lodge every day...sometimes two or three times. It is a remarkable example of the mutual trust that seems to have developed between wild elephants and the humans that live in their world. It is good to be able to share a happy story of these amazing animals, after all the recent bad news of the continued slaughter of elephants in parts of Africa and Asia.

Michael Lorentz

Commented November 22, 2012 02:37 PM
we are looking forward to part 3 please!!!

Mfuwe Lodge

Commented November 23, 2012 09:36 AM
Part 3 coming to your screens soon! The wild mangoes are a little late falling this year, but the elephants are starting to arrive...watch this space!


Commented November 28, 2012 05:54 PM
Wonderful story indeed....a story that we all hope will never have an ending. Ian, you hit the nail on the head...a marvelous example of trust and mutual respect between man and beast.

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