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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MUKWAJU  Male  Saturday, September 11, 1999 Satao - Tsavo East National Park  3 weeks old  Stuck in the mud near Satao camp in Tsavo East national park  Stuck in Mud 

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2/13/2010 - Taveta was eager to investigate a dung beetle he had seen burrowing into an elephant dung ball. He prized open the dung ball using his trunk, when the dung beetle latched onto his trunk, causing him to panic and bellow for help. All the other elephants rushed to establish the cause of his problem, by which time the dung-beetle had become dislodged.

Emily and Edie and their entourage came to the Stockades in the evening, and with them was Burra, who had been absent for almost a year and had been last seen with Natumiís splinter group. Natumi herself along with Mukwaju, Aitong, Illingwezi and Tsavo were not with him. Burra had been apart from the other ex orphans so long that he appeared somewhat shy of his old friends, Seraa and Thoma, who were making a fuss of him. Meanwhile, Sweet Sally gently pushed little Eve away from her mother, Emily, and succeeded in this mission, escorting the baby to the Stockade water trough. All the ex orphans enjoyed a hand-out of Copra cake, and left the Stockade together at 7.20 p.m.

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 Mukwaju and Ilingwezi MUKWAJU in the Nursery
Mukwaju and Ilingwezi
photo taken on 5/20/2005
MUKWAJU in the Nursery
photo taken on 9/16/2000


A male calf born approximately 11th September 1999 and aged about 3 weeks when orphaned. This little bull got stuck in the mud of the Satao Camp waterhole at a place called Mukwaju in Tsavo East National Park. He was rather a weakling at the time, probably the first born of a young mother suffering the affects of drought exacerbated by the fires that ravaged Tsavo at that time; about 1000 plus elephants were drinking at Satao waterhole so there was intense competition for water amongst the thirst-crazed herds, with each Matriarch desperate to ensure the survival of her particular family. In the struggle to gain access for water during the dry seasons, when survival supersedes normal good elephant behaviour, there is often aggression as older more senior Matriarchs insist on taking precedence over those younger. Mukwaju's young mother tried desperately to rescue him from the mud before being driven off, in the process inadvertently puncturing the skin behind his right ear with a tusk leaving a deep wound that became infected and which needed months of attention. Apparently, his mother returned the next day to try and find him, sadly too late, because by then he was already in Nairobi. However, whilst it is regrettable that he was not able to be reunited with his mother, it is also doubtful whether he would have survived without special care.

Mukwaju's rescue 11.9.99

Mukwaju did well at the Nursery and recovered into a healthy and strong calf, his great friend being Nyiro.

MUKWAJU in the Nursery

The memory of being stuck remained vivid, and he was always very reluctant to go into the mud wallow with the others, irrespective of the heat. He grew into a fine adult bull and is also now free in Tsavo East National Park.

Mukwaju and Ilingwezi


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