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)

2/25/2018 - The orphans strolled nonchalantly out from the stockade and settled for lucerne. Outside the stockade Olare’s group was waiting as twenty five wild elephants concentrated on drinking water. The sky was crystal clear and this was an indication of a hot day ahead. After finishing their Lucerne, the orphans briefly joined the wild elephants to arm themselves with enough water to take them through the entire morning. Led by Kamok the orphans walked off east of the Ithumba Hill where they settled to browse. At nine o'clock in the morning, a pack of African wild dogs passed by, disrupting the peaceful browsing of the orphans. They scattered in different directions and ran away from the wild dogs. It took the keepers nearly half an hour to get the situation came back to normal by trying to bring all the orphans back together again. Sapalan, known for his quiet behaviour and silently dodging the keepers, was the last one to be found. Whenever Sapalan heard the keepers looking for him, he would stop feeding and stand still to make sure he wouldn’t create any noise to alert the keepers as where he was. By luck the keepers eventually bumped into Sapalan and directed him to join his friends.

At mud bath, the orphans were joined by the senior Ex Orphans led Yatta. Naseku had a disagreement with Wiva that resulted in a fight. Olsekki came to assist Naseku and together drove the naughty little Wiva away. In the afternoon, the sun was still hot and this prompted the orphans to converge under a tree with nice shade until it was cooler. In the evening, the Ex Orphans in the company of twenty five wild elephants showed up at the stockade and left immediately after having enough water.

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 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 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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