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 05, 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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12/23/2014 - Early before 6am, ex orphans Kora, Orok, Ololoo, Kenze and Lualeni were at the stockade compound. Kora and Orok kept themselves busy with a strength testing game as they waited for the orphans to come out. Ololoo got hold of Kenze for some strength testing training but after receiving a few pushing tactics he relaxed and waited for orphans to come out, waiting to put into practice what he had learned from Kenze. Ololoo then picked on Orwa for a pushing game which went on for some time until Lualeni interrupted by pushing Orwa. Orwa was not happy and even turned to tackle her but unfortunately Lualeni was big and strong so he lost the battle. Ololoo went to Mutara was and attempted to climb on her but she resisted and ran away so he moved on to Kanjoro, the boy with an altitude, and engaged in a pushing game. Kanjoro remained unmoved until Orok intervened by pushing the two of them out of the way. The five ex orphans left after an hour. Vuria and Bongo had a misunderstanding that they decided to settle by fighting but it ended into a draw and Vuria headed off to soil dust while Bongo resumed browsing.

At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by ex orphans Yatta, Kinna, Nasalot, Mulika, Wendi, Sunyei, Galana, Naserian, Rapsu, Challa, Sidai, Orok, Kora, Lualeni, Kenze, Loijuk, Zurura, Lenana, Makena, Chyulu, Meibai, Ololoo, Mwende and Yetu. The baby orphans didn't stay for long at the mud bath as they were scared of being bullied by the seniors whilst wallowing so they dissolved into the nearby bushes to fee. The ex-orphans had a wonderful time in water swimming and frolicking for over an hour. Ololoo was mounting on Lualeni, Orok and Rapsu had a pushing game and Kenze and Kora strength tested, all in the water. Mulika, Mwende, Nasalot and Loijuk left wallowing to soil bathe but soon returned back to the water. Loijuk left the wallow to charge at some swallows that were flying around. The ex orphans once they had finished their mudbath they dusted themselves and then headed off into the bush and disappeared leaving the juniors to remain with their keepers.

In the afternoon, Kainuk soil dusted and was joined by Vuria and Garzi. In the evening Shukuru did soil bathed as Turkwel stretched her trunk towards Teleki to warn him about something.

Today was a special day as we received a report from Voi that ex orphans Emily had given birth to a baby girl. Our own ex orphans Kinna, Wendi and Sunyei are about to have babies, with Kinna pretty close to giving birth we think.

The Two Latest Photos of CHYULU: (view gallery of pictures for CHYULU)

 Chyulu taking her milk Chyulu on her first day with the Nursery Unit
Chyulu taking her milk
photo taken on 8/20/2006
Chyulu on her first day with the Nursery Unit
photo taken on 8/20/2006


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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