Name meaning: ‘The adding one’ in Maa

  • Also know as: Julia
  • Sex: Female
  • Date of Birth: 18/4/12
  • Translocated from: Nakuru National Park
  • Date of arrival at Sera: 24/5/15


One of the calmer rhinos, she’s a favourite with everyone because she’s such an easy rhino to track and often lets the lucky visitor get very close. Most Sera rangers say that if you’re tracking Napanu then you’re almost guaranteed a good sighting. Unlike most of the rhinos she’s rarely bothered by unexpected sounds, including the clicking of a camera (most of the rhinos run away as soon as they hear a camera click). Once she does realise that people are close she never charges and will simply amble away.

Napanu is often seen in the company of Nadungu (ID #11) and Cedric (ID #14). She is also sometimes seen in the company of Loitemu (ID #8) and Loicahru (ID #7).

Profile by Stuart Butler, journalist & photographer.