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Gender  Male Date of Birth  Thursday, June 18, 2009
Location Found  Loisaba Ranch
Age on Arrival  Approximately 8 months old
Comments on Place Found  He was found completely alone, with no sign of elephants in the area.
Reason for being Orphaned  Poaching


It was Sunday 21st February 2010 at about midday when the Manager of Loisaba Ranch Mr. Tom Silvester, received word from his ranch staff that a baby elephant had been spotted alone on the border of the Ranch with the tribal lands inhabited by the notorious warlike Pokot tribe, who are certainly not known to be ele-friendly. There poaching, cattle rustling, and resolving tribal vendettas is rife for Pokotland is a region where the long arm of the law is largely non-existent. The poaching of elephants for ivory, plus the killing of them for no other reason than that they are wild animals is common place, and as a result of this human/elephant conflict also takes a heavy toll of any elephants passing through Pokot country, as they have over millennia.

Some of the landscape of Loisaba ranch  Beautiful views from Loisaba Lodge

Oryx on Loisaba Ranch.  A female lesser kudu, photograph taken on Loisaba

A track on the ranch

A Pokot woman



The Ranch workers monitored the lone calf for the rest of the day, but there were no other elephants to be seen in the area, so as nightfall approached, Alistair Boyd, the manager of Loisaba lodge, decided to save the elephant baby. With the help of his Staff, he managed to overpower the calf, who was still sufficiently strong to put up a spirited struggle. However, once subdued and tied down, he was taken to the Ranch Headquarters, where he took water from a bucket, and was given an Attendant as company for the night. It must have been a pleasant surprise for the little elephant to find a human who was caring and friendly, who offered him greens and water, and communicated with him in a gentle voice. He responded, and calmed down.

At first light the rescue plane took off from Nairobi, armed with three Keepers, all the rescue paraphanalia, milk, rehydrants and the usual medicaton and headed for Loisaba in Laikipia district. The little elephant arrived in the Nursery ahead of Daphne, Angela and Robert, who were traveling by car from Tsavo at the time.

The Loisaba ranch worker who attended to Chemi Chemi throughout his first night.jpg  The calf with Emanuelle and the rescue plane.jpg

The rescue scene at the Loisaba airstrip.jpg  The calf being prepared for the flight to Nairobi

Preparing the baby for the flight.  The young calf loaded and strapped in the plane ready for the flight.jpg



He was found near a small spring on the Ranch boundary, and was given the name “Chemi Chemi” which is the Swahili word for a Spring, since the Samburu or Pokot tribal name for a Spring was too difficult for most people to pronounce correctly. Little Chemi Chemi, or Chem Chem for short, who is approximately eight months old we think settled in instantly, especially when he found Melia next door to him. The very next morning he was allowed out to meet all 19 Nursery inmates, who embraced him instantly. From the start, he took milk from a bottle gratefully, attended the noon mudbath, which he enjoyed immensely, and clearly loved once again being part of an elephant herd, albeit one of miniatures. Olare, who has the makings of a very caring and proficient little Matriarch was, and is, exceedingly protective of him, and being of Northern elephant stock, where the population has been distilled until only the fittest have managed to survive, he will make a wonderful addition to our orphaned herd.

Off loading the calf from the aircraft into the waiting Trust pickup at Wilson Airport  On arrival he is unstrapped in the stable

We called him Chemi Chemi



Little Chemi Chemi brings the Nursery herd back to 20 and is a very friendly and forgiving little elephant, for he must have witnessed much violence against his kind in the past, not least the possible slaughter of his elephant mother either from poaching or human/wildlife conflict.

Chemi Chemi with Galo Galo  Chemi Chemi with little Tano, both from Loisaba

Sabachi with Chemi Chemi  Sabachi being protective over Chemi Chem1.jpg



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