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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 YATTA  Female  Sunday, September 26, 1999 Tsavo East triangle  1 Month Old  Mother poached in Tsavo/Athi triangle, found by a labour gang working in the park  Poaching 

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11/21/2018 - It was a very quiet today in the stockade as the orphans had their milk and walked down to the lucerne field. They started feeding on Lucerne and later, Bomani walked in to join them. Dupotto was feeding beside the loading wall while Roi and Tusuja shared a pile of Lucerne. Turkwel started feeding from some Lucerne that Lemoyian had thrown on his back.

In the bush, everyone was busy browsing but then it started to rain lightly which made the orphans less active. Bomani stayed with the dependent orphans throughout the morning, separate to the others in Laragai's group who stayed away.

When the orphans arrived at the mud bath for their milk, it was still cold and no one bothered to enter the mud hole. Instead the orphans walked alongside it and back to the bush to continue browsing. Galla and Namalok started play fighting and pushing each other. Lemoyian and Sapalan walked over to the nearby little dam and splashed a little bit before rejoining the herd. Mundusi and Karisa were walking and browsing together. Karisa later led the group back home in the evening for their milk.

In the stockade today we had Wendi's herd with Mulika and Mwende, Wendi and Wiva, Yatta and Yetu and finally Kinna and Kama. They came to drink water and left immediately after. They were together with Kithaka's group too which included Barsilinga, Garzi, Laragai, Kithaka and Turkwel. They all arrived an hour after the dependent orphans left for the day.

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

 Yatta with Emily Yatta and her keeper
Yatta with Emily
photo taken on 9/26/2001
Yatta and her keeper
photo taken on 8/20/2001


A female calf estimated to have been born towards the end of September 1999 and therefore 1 month old when rescued. This little female calf was a poaching victim, her mother found dead minus her tusks in the Tsavo/Athi triangle of Tsavo East National Park below the Yatta Plateau.

The calf's bellowing was heard by a labour gang working nearby, who went to investigate and came upon her not far the her dead mother. They walked across the Mtito tributary, loaded her onto the back of an old Landrover and drove her across the crocodile infested Athi river to the nearest Airfield at Tsavo Tsafari Camp, from whence she was flown to Nairobi.

Yatta with Emily

For a long time Yatta was troubled by a strange condition that puzzled all the Vets – weakness, periodic stiff joints and sometimes complete collapse. After massive doses of colloidal silver, glands in her neck became inflamed, then subsided, and a huge hard abscess developed on the side of her face, which was unusually not tender to the touch. In time this softened and burst, after which the wound healed cleanly, and her problem vanished! Whilst in the Nursery she also suffered from a sluggish metabolism, as, indeed did Emily when young, so she was moved to Tsavo along with Kinna and Mukwaju in February 2001 following unseasonal rains in January.

Yatta and her keeper

Since then Yatta has thrived. She is a confident and gentle character, whose best friend is Kinna and together they walk together, with Yatta as the matriarch, with their wild born babies near Ithumba in Tsavo East where they were reintroduced to the wild.    

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