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Marelet is a magnificent Kenyan bull. He is also a bit of an enigma as he is not a regular at the volcanic Chyulu Hills waterhole, yet he still shows up regularly each year, usually around May-June. With his enormous size, even One Ton and Spirit, who are the local tuskers, make themselves scarce!

In 2016, when Marelet returned, the Big Life Foundation team noticed a wound on his face from a suspected spear attack. The team treated him instantly and Marelet was able to recover with incredible strength.

Since then his visits have been regular enough to be noticed by the Big Life team, yet he remained name-less all this time. Lucky for us, in 2021 we got the opportunity to name this beautiful bull – and decided on “Marelet” – in honour of a successful, long-lasting partnership between us and the Colleoni family, who run the Michelin-star restaurant San Martino and Marelet in Treviglio, Italy. The name derived from the Italian word for “male bachelor” – perfect for this independent tusker.

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