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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Most Recent Keeper's Diary Entry: (view all the latest entries for YATTA)

11/30/2017 - It was a rainy morning today but Ex Orphans Ololoo and Kasigau visited the stockade early this morning and started play fighting. Just as the rain came to an end the orphans came out and joined the Ex Orphans.

Just after the dependent orphans left, Galana and her group with baby Gawa came to drink water and then left again.

It was still drizzling at noon so the orphans did not go in the mud bath after their milk. We did have a strength demonstration however through Olsekki and Boromoko who started play fighting, which then turned into a real fight. The keepers went to intervene when it appeared it was becoming more serious. Then Yatta, Kinna and their babies arrived at the mud bath from the other side. Baby Kama was playing and running here and there trying to charge at the keepers. Yatta and Kinna walked their babies off into the bush however and visited the stockade later on as well.

The orphans went on browsing while Garzi was busy rolling in the mud along the road. Later on, the orphans made their way back home in the evening for their milk. We recorded 8mm of rainfall today.

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

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: YATTA (foster now)


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 is 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.



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.



Since then she has thrived. Yatta is a confident and gentle character, whose best friend is Kinna.


   

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