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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KAMBOYO  Male  Friday, July 29, 2005 Tsavo National Park  approximately 6 to 8 months  He was found abandoned and all alone close to the Tsavo National Park Mtito gate  Problem Animal Control 

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7/18/2014 - In the morning, the orphans were joined by the ex-orphans for Lucerne. Kenze fed close to Ziwa while Tomboi fed close to Vuria. Shortly later there was a pushing game between Kora and Kamboyo. Soon after the Lucerne was over, the ex-orphans headed to the Kalovoto area while the juniors headed to Kanziku where they settled to browse. At eight o’clock in the morning, five wild dogs came to drink water at the stockade. They were followed by 30 wild elephants. At mud bath time, the weather was chilly and none of the orphans dared to mud bath, but Ziwa spent some time soil bathing.

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 All alone Kamboyo's legs are unstrapped once in the confines of the stockade
All alone
photo taken on 3/29/2006
Kamboyo's legs are unstrapped once in the confines of the stockade
photo taken on 3/29/2006


During the afternoon of 28th March 2006, our Mtito De-Snaring Team, on their way to book two poachers arrested in the Tsavo Triangle, came across a lone young bull elephant calf crossing the road about 4 kms. from the Triangle Park Mtito Entrance Gate.

All alone  He was found abandoned and all alone standing by the side of the road a few kilometers from the Mtito Gate Tsavo East

After the calf was captures his legs were tied before loading him into the vehicle  Green moist branches were cut and laid on the floor of the landrover and the calf was then loaded onto the back of the desnaring landrover

He looked thin, and was obviously an orphan of about 6 – 8 months old. Having completed their business in the nearby town of Mtito Andei, they returned to capture the orphan, who was still in the same place and who did not put up much of a struggle. His legs were bound, and he was transported to the nearest airfield at the Kamboyo Park Headquarters of Tsavo West National Park, where he was secured to a tree in a standing position, to await the arrival of the rescue plane on its way from Nairobi and cooled down with wet mud. It is believed that this orphan could be a victim of “problem animal control” having been separated from his mother when a herd of elephants was recently chased out of a nearby Wakama settlement known as Mangaleti.

The rescue plane parked on the airstrip in Tsavo West National Park  The calf is given some milk before the flight

He is given a broad spectrum antibiotic injection

KWS personel that helped rescue the calf

When the rescue plane arrived, with our Keepers aboard plus all the paraphernalia needed to load an elephant into the plane, he was given both a mild sedative injection as well as an antibiotic. There were signs of fluid coming from the mouth and trunk, so upon arrival in the Nursery at about 6.30 p.m., he was also given the homeopathic pillules and a booster antibiotic jab to try and protect him against possible pneumonia, which is a killer of weakened starvation victims whose immune system is depressed. Once unbound, being weak, he was only mildly aggressive towards the Keepers who were with him during the night, but immediately homed in on orphan Kora, in the next door Stockade, extending his trunk and intertwining it with that of Kora, who is quite used to greeting newcomers in the neighbouring Stockade, known as “the taming Stockade”. Throughout the night he interacted with Kora, but rejected his milk. However, in the morning when all the other elephants were brought around to greet him, he accepted milk from a bottle held by a Keeper, and this is always a hopeful sign.

The calf waits on the airstrip while the aircraft is prepared for loading  Carrying Kamboyo towards the rescue plane

Preparing to lift the baby elephant into the back of the plane  Loading the calf

The Keepers strap the calf in securely

He has been named “Kamboyo” to identify his origin and we estimate his age to be about 8 months. He is emaciated with prominent cheek bones, having obviously been deprived of milk for about 3 weeks, and arrived with a heavy infestation of ticks, (always a sign of poor condition) as well as a swollen umbilicus (probably an umbilical hernia) and the inevitable worm load. However, the fact that he is taking milk is encouraging, and once a little stronger, we will be able to deal with the stomach parasites.

The calf is firmly strapped into the plane and flown to Nairobi  We named him Kamboyo

The calf is off loaded from the aircraft onto the back on the Trust's pickup

The arrival of the young calf is watched by Taru and Roan Carr-Hartley, Angela Sheldrick's son's  Kora gives the newcomer some reassurance

He calmed down very quickly and was able to join the other nursery orphans in the forest at 3.00pm the day after his rescue. While out in the bush with the orphans and Keepers it was obvious to see that he was enjoying being amongst his own kind again, staying close to the others at all times.

He takes the milk on offer gulping it down  Kamboyo meets the other orphans

The calming touch of his Keeper  The day after his rescue he joins the other nursery orphans in the bush

Kamboyo stays close to the other nursery orphans  Kamboyo discovers the other orphans

Kamboyo 1


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