The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: ICHOLTA  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 ICHOLTA  Female  August 1999 Marsabit  between 2 - 6 weeks old  Found in stuck in a drying water hole near the Marsabit mountain  Stuck in Mud 

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Most Recent Keeper's Diary Entry: (view all the latest entries for ICHOLTA)

3/13/2017 - The morning broke with the stockade dependant orphan elephants concentrating on their milk and supplement feeding before heading to the browsing grounds. Naipoki and Rorogoi led them half way up Msinga Hill, where they enjoyed browsing on some nice green grass, before coming down and heading towards the middle water hole for an afternoon milk bottle and to enjoy mud bathing games.

Later in the day, they headed back to the foot of Msinga Hill for the rest of the days browsing activities. Icholta, Inca and Taveta were seen close to the big water hole browsing towards the Voi River. They never linked up with the stockade dependant orphan elephants.

A monitoring patrol in the Ngutuni ranch was done in the afternoon, with Emily’s herd being seen together with Rombo and Wasessa while the other members of Lesanju’s herd were browsing around Msinga Hill.

The Two Latest Photos of ICHOLTA: (view gallery of pictures for ICHOLTA)

 Icholta with Tsavo Icholta walking in the bush
Icholta with Tsavo
photo taken on 5/20/2005
Icholta walking in the bush
photo taken on 4/15/2005


Estimated to have been between 2 - 6 weeks old when orphaned, and therefore born in August 1999,
this little female elephant, comes from far-off legendary Marsabit Mountain, where a once beautiful mist forest harbouring many endemic plants and birds today struggles to survive the depredation of a burgeoning human population.

Lake Paradise, Marsabit National Park  Elephants walking along the edge of Lake Paradise

Mist forests of Marsabit

Icholta was rescued from the mud of a drying waterhole of that name, where she was bogged and abandoned by her herd who were unable to risk venturing in to pull her free. She was minute for her age, with soft fuzz on her head and body, but also with good coordination, so we guessed her to be older than she looked.

Like all the infants her beginning was fraught, and she became very emaciated cutting her first molars in the Nairobi Nursery, and we were fearful that she might not be able to pull through, but thankfully she did. Amazingly Icholta right from the get go had a passion for water and savored her mudbaths, which is unusual given the reason for her being orphaned in the first place.


A very friendly and loving character, with a beautiful face, charming disposition and deep brown eyes fringed with long lashes; a great favorite with all the other elephants as well as her Keepers Icholta was part of the Nursery eight that all arrived around a similar time, stars of the Geri Ellis book called Wild Orphans. Some of her Nursery mates from infancy were Laikipia, Lolokwe and Edie who to this day remain by her side.

Icholta and co prepare to move to the Voi Relocation Unit 2001  Magic Malaika gives loving to the new arrivals in Voi- Icholta snuggles

Icholta (front) and company


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