The following is
information on the Elephant Orphan
named: ZURURA (foster
||Age on Arrival
||Reason for being
|| Saturday, September 03, 2005
||Found on Mukuki Ranch between Tsavo West and East
||approximately seven to eight weeks old
||He was found by miners having fallen into an open face Ruby mine on Mukuki Ranch
||Man Made Cause for Separation
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4/8/2015 - When the orphans left the stockade this morning to eat their lucerne, five wild bulls were at the stockade water trough busy drinking water. One of the wild bulls had two arrow wounds, one on the right fore leg and the other one below the face. After taking water, the injured elephant walked away with great pain as he dragged the fore leg. Shortly later his colleagues followed him.
Angela, Robert and Daphne were at Ithumba so we reported this immediately and quick veterinary intervention was arranged. The bull was treated for his injuries and we will be monitoring him closely should he return, but the DSWT aerial surveillance team with their aircraft will keep a close eye on him and hopefully he will make a full recovery.
The orphans had an easy morning without competition from anyone in feeding of lucerne. Mutara led her group to Kone area where they settled to browse. At eight o'clock in the morning, it was a big relief for us when Napasha, Buchuma and Tomboi were sighted. Napasha and Buchuma have been absent for almost three months. They headed to the stockades to great everyone and announce their arrival home after a very long walkabout.
The mud bath started early today when the ex orphans and two wild bulls showing up at the mud bath as early as at ten o'clock in the morning. Buchuma engaged Challa in a pushing game for quite a long time. Buchuma was showing Challa that during the three months he had been away he had training hard to be a dominant male in the future. Buchuma fought Challa even while standing in water until Challa finally surrendered, but after showing Buchuma that he can also defend himself.
At one time ex orphan Yatta pushed Napasha from behind. Napasha initially moved away but changed his mind and then turned to face whoever pushed him. When Yatta saw Napasha turn, she retreated and walked away because Napasha as our biggest boy at Ithumba cuts an impressive figure these days. He is a lovely a gentle elephant and means no harm. At eleven o'clock in the morning, the juniors reported at mud bath and soon after taking milk, Laragai headed straight to join two wild bulls and Sunyei who were taking water at the mud bath water trough. Ex orphans Zurura, Loijuk and Lualeni joined the other juniors in mud bathing. Three more wild bulls came for water at the mud bath water trough as the ex orphans withdrew and relaxed under the acaciaís happy to be in the company of their orphan friends and totally tolerant of the Keepers. Kanjoro and Orwa walked up to the water trough with their trunks up on air. When the two juniors came face to face with the wild bulls, they got rather intimidated and chose to leave. Bongo who always seems to feel comfortable in the company of the big bulls walked straight up to them and joined them taking water. He later joined his orphan friends
It was a very busy day with the veterinary treatment but we are hopeful we were able to provide the help. The wild elephants definitely know where to come for help and over the years we have repeatedly seen injured elephants coming to the stockades to seek help.
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photo taken on 5/1/2007
|Makena and Zurura on the right of picture
photo taken on 10/31/2005
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