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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 CHYULU  Female  Friday, May 5, 2006 Chyulu Hills  5 months  Stuck in the mud of a community waterhole, but orphaned 10 days previously from poaching  Poaching 

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5/20/2017 - At around seven o'clock in the morning the orphans had settled to browse two hundred metres west of the stockade. All over sudden, panic set in amongst the elephants. Some scattered while others ran towards the keepers. The keepers started gathering the scattered ones and came to realize that Kelelari, Dupotto and Karisa were not amongst the other orphans. The keepers began immediately trying to trace their foot prints since no one had seen the direction the new babies had run in. The prints became very confusing when the keepers came across the foot prints of so many elephants. In the end the foot prints led them to Olare’s group in between Ithumba and the Kanziku fence line; the group had been missing for close to two months. They were also with Narok’s group. Narok and her group had parted with the juniors in the stockade compound the previous day, late in the evening. We started to believe that the three babies had run off with Mutara’s group who also ran away from the incident that startled them all and were not seen for the rest of the day.
Yatta and Mulika’s groups, who appeared to be coming to meet the new babies for the first time, arrived at mud bath early at around ten o'clock in the morning. The groups were in the company of Makireti’s group who had probably informed them of the new arrivals, since Makireti and her group had already met them. Yatta and Mulika’s groups consisted of Yatta, Yetu, Nasalot, Mulika, Mwende, Kinna, Kama, Ithumbah, Taita, Kenze, Chyulu, Sunyei, Zurura, Sidai, Meibai, Teleki, Ishanga, Wendi and Wiva. The Ex Orphans didn't stay for long at mud bath, probably after realizing that the new babies were not present. Only Yatta remained at mud bath to greet those juniors that were there. Only Boromoko decided to go mud bathing while Yatta communicated with Olsekki and Roi. Shortly later, Yatta left to rejoin her own herd. The search for the missing three went on until dark with no positive results and will resume in the early morning.

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 Chyulu on her first day with the Nursery Unit Chyulu staying close to her Keeper with all the other Nursery elephants trailing behind
Chyulu on her first day with the Nursery Unit
photo taken on 8/20/2006
Chyulu staying close to her Keeper with all the other Nursery elephants trailing behind
photo taken on 8/20/2006

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: CHYULU (foster now)


During one of our Chyulu Desnaring Team’s routine patrols on the 18th of August in the Kibwezi forest, they came across a tiny elephant calf of about 5 months old stuck in a drying waterhole on the boundary with the community in an area called 'Kithasyo' and managed to extract the calf assisted by the community. We chose to name the calf “Chyulu” (Pronounced Chulu) since it is the first elephant rescued in the newly created Chyulu National Park created to try and preserve the indigenous forests that clothe the Chyulu Hills abutting Tsavo West National Park. The waterhole in question is often frequented by elephants, since it is the last to dry during the dry season making it a hot-spot for poaching, which is rife in the area. A female elephant was, in fact, found poached some l0 days ago, and it is believed that this could be the mother of the calf.

Views from the Chyulus  Chyulu Desnaring team who rescued Chyulu


The calf is rescued by DSWT Chyulu Desnaring team  The Calf is rescued by DSWT desnaring team and KWS rangers

Chyulu in the stable in Voi where she is kept overnight


Chyulu in the stable at Voi  Loading Chyulu for the air strip



The baby was captured easily, and although thin, was still quite strong. Since it was too late to organise an airlift to the Nairobi Nursery, the calf was driven to the Voi Stockades, where she was given rehydration salts and milk, and the usual prophylactic antibiotic injection, and held for the night. By the second milk feed, amazingly, she had calmed right down, realising that the humans that surrounded her now were not the hostile community members that had killed her mother, but friends that offered her milk. By the next morning she was suckling the hands of the Keepers and following them around as though she had been with them for weeks! The plane arrived at the National Park strip at noon, and the calf was roped and loaded for the journey lying on the rescue tarpaulin. She arrived at the Nursery in the evening, and was immediately welcomed with great excitement and joy by the Nursery females, namely Loijuk, Lualeni and Makena, whom we thought might be a little jealous of the tiny newcomer, but instead displayed all the motherly instincts for which female elephants are known.

5 Chyulu waiting at the airstip with the Keepers for the rescue plane


BBC were able to film Chyulu's rescue for Elephant Dairies  The plane arrives on the Voi Airstrip to collect Chyulu



Chyulu  Chyulu is prepared for loading into the rescue aircraft

Preparing Chyulu for the flight  Loading Chyulu into the aircraft


The very next morning, little Chyulu was out and about with all the others, and even enjoyed the mudbath, paying no attention to the hordes of visitors who come on a daily basis at that hour to see the Nursery babies. Although the Keepers tried to restrain her from going into the mudwallow, she insisted upon doing so, delighting all the onlookers, and amazing her Attendants.

Little Chyulu has been one of the smoothest rescues the Trust has achieved, and is basking in the undivided attention of Loijuk, who adores her, and also both Lualeni and Makena. Surprisingly Sian, who is assumed, will be the next in line for the Mini Matriarch-ship of the Nursery orphans, is happy to allow the other three to monopolize the new baby. We welcome little Chyulu, who is a very spirited baby, and also very astute.

Chyulu on arrival in Nairobi at the DSWT Nursery  Chyulu taking her milk

Chyulu on her first day with the Nursery Unit  Chyulu still gaunt from a couple of weeks without milk

Chyulu with the other orphans curiously trailing her  Kora inspects the new little calf

15 Chyulu embraced by the rest of the nursery unit  Chyulu staying close to her Keeper with all the other Nursery elephants trailing behind

19Chyulu with the Keepers and the protective trunk of Loijuk


   

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