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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 ZURURA  Male  Saturday, September 3, 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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1/6/2016 - Soon after leaving his stockade in the morning, Bomani walked and stood outside Barsalingas stockade. As soon as Barsilinga walked out, he found Bomani waiting for him as if he had a debt to pay. Without wasting any time, Bomani attacked Barsilinga. Barsilinga put up a spirited effort of defending himself.

Sities started her day with a snack in the form of nests that had fallen from the acacia tree in the compound. She collected a few nests that had been stripped off from the tree by the female weaver birds who had decided they were not good enough to lay their eggs in, and enjoyed feeding on them as she walked to get some lucerne. Mutara led the way to the browsing field and the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area where they were joined by ex orphans Nasalot, Lualeni, Madiba, Zurura, Ololoo, Rapsu and Orok. Kanjoro and Teleki spent some time in a pushing game. Later, the boys Kanjoro, Vuria and Bomani enjoyed feeding close to Rapsu as Laragai and Bongo browsed close to Madiba. Ololoo was at loggerheads with Orwa because Ololoo tried to climb on him. Orwa wasn't happy about this and as soon as Ololoo dismounted Orwa turned to defend himself.

At mud bath time, the ex-orphans escorted the juniors for their mid day milk bottles and thereafter joined them in wallowing. Barsilinga played with Laragai as they dusted themselves with soil and later took their game into the water. When the juniors had enough of wallowing, Mutara led the way back to the browsing field. The ex-orphans were left in the water still wallowing apart from Nasalot who accompanied the juniors to the browsing field. In the evening Shukuru took her last dose of doxymycin, and now we have to see whether this has helped her condition to improve or not.

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 Zururu Zurura staying close to Naserian
Zururu
photo taken on 5/1/2007
Zurura staying close to Naserian
photo taken on 10/31/2005

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: ZURURA (foster now)


Yet another call for help, this time to rescue a tiny calf that had fallen down a open faced mine dug for rubies on "Mukuki Ranch" between Tsavo West and East during the moonless night of the 28th October. This area forms a migratory corridor long used by elephants to move between the two Tsavos, but which is now densely populated by an expanding human population making passage extremely dangerous for elephants. Therefore they have taken to streaking through at speed under cover of darkness, in trouble should daylight find them betwixt and between their two safe havens. Disturbed earth all around the pit was evidence that the herd had struggled long and hard to retrieve the precious calf that had fallen in during this process, but eventually the Matriarch had to make the terrible decision to abandon the trapped tiny baby in order to ensure the safety of the rest of her family before daybreak. By morning, what seemed to be a ghost herd had vanished entirely. There was no sign of an elephant anywhere.

Zurura with the miners that rescued him  Zurura with the Keepers who came to rescue him

Zurura follows the Keepers  His rescue attracted enormous attention



As the Miners took their early morning tea, they heard the muffled bellows of the baby and set about searching the area following the sound, and peering into the many deep pits that dotted the ruby rich area. Eventually, they came across the traumatized baby elephant deep inside one that had already yielded some rubies, and taking this as an omen of having been led to this particular pit which might yield many more rubies, they were at pains to save the calf’s life rather than kill it. Having hauled it out, they wrote the name ‘ZURURA’ on one ear, using a felt tip pen, “Zurura” being the Swahili word for ‘The Wanderer’, and in deference to them for having saved his life, that is what he has been named.

Once back at the stockades he took some milk  Zurura at the Voi Stockades before the rescue aircraft arrived

While waiting for the rescue aircraft Zururu takes a dust bath



The calf was taken to Mwatate Police Station, who contacted The Kenya Wildlife Service authorities in Tsavo East. They in turn contacted The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and we immediately sent our mobile Veterinary Unit to investigate. The unit arrived to a calf swamped by people, all touching feeling and holding him. He was remarkably calm despite what must have been a very frightening time for him. In the absence of any wild elephants in the area, the tiny baby bull was driven to our Voi Elephant Stockades where it was fed milk and rehydration both of which he gulped down enthusiastically and spent time at the stockades having a sand bath while waiting for the Nairobi Keepers to arrive. He is remarkably tame for a calf that was only this morning a wild elephant, he followed the Keepers and offered little resistance.

Taking his milk once at the Nairobi nursery  Zurura with Edwin

A Rescue Plane was sent to the Voi airstrip with three Keepers from Nairobi on board, and the calf was flown up to the Nursery where he is now in the stable next door to little “Ndololo”. Both are of a similar age, we estimate him to be 7 to eight weeks; both baby bulls, and both have had a most traumatic beginning to life but who we hope will find solace in each other.

Zurura is introduced to the other orphans  Zurura staying close to Naserian

Makena and Zurura on the right of picture



   

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