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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 NASALOT  Female  January 2000 Nasalot Turkana  2-3 Months  Mother poached for Ivory, she was found by tribesmen  Poaching 

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7/29/2018 - Nasalot and her small group consisting of baby Nusu, Galana, baby Gawa, Loijuk, Bongo, Teleki, Kilabasi, Makireti, Lenana and Meibai joined the juniors for lucerne in the morning. After lucerne time, Maramoja rumbled as she made her way to the browsing field. The rest of the herd followed her. Nasalotís group browsed with juniors the entire morning. For a while now, Yatta and the rest of the senior graduate orphans haven't shown up at stockade and we hope wherever they are they have enough water.

At mud bath and midday milk feeding, the orphans were joined by a junior wild bull who shared water with them and later left with Nasalotís group. Mundusi, Mteto and Esampu had a spectacular wallowing session. Mundusi specifically enjoyed sitting in the water and splashing around with his trunk, a game he enjoyed for some time. In the evening, Sapalan again hid and dodged the Keepers. The rest of the group returned back to the stockade without him but the Keepers soon realized and half of them went back to look for him. Half an hour later, Sapalan emerged from the eastern side of stockade in a slow measured walk like someone who knew exactly where he was going. The Keepers were still looking for him in the bush and were informed over the radio that Sapalan had arrived on his own. He likes to do everything in his own time!

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 Nasalot with her keeper Nasalot being fed after having been rescued
Nasalot with her keeper
photo taken on 11/26/2002
Nasalot being fed after having been rescued
photo taken on 1/7/1995

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: NASALOT (foster now)


A female calf born approximately January 2000; estimated age on arrival 2 - 3 months. "Nasalot" is a poaching orphan, her mother having been poached for her ivory near Nasalot in the Turkana region. There are only very few surviving elephants left in the harsh lava deserts of Turkanaland, and these survivors have had to turn nocturnal due to poaching pressure in an area known for lawlessness, feeding only during the hours of darkness, and in hiding in thorn thickets by day. We had great difficulty reversing Nasalot's sleeping pattern, for she wanted to sleep during the hours of daylight, and was extremely restless all night, pacing around the stable, and refusing to settle, which left her Keepers' exhausted by the morning! This was exacerbated by deep grieving for her lost family, whom she remembered clearly at her age, so psychological depression and lack of sleep took a heavy toll of her health in the beginning.

Nasalot being fed after having been rescued

However, Nasalot, being the product of natural selection amongst the few survivors within a population with strong genes, turned the corner at last, and recovered to become a healthy and strong calf, very gentle and extremely caring of tiny "Mweya", who sucked endlessly on her ears for comfort.

Nasalot with her keeper

She did well in the Nursery and was moved to the Ithumba Unit in Tsavo East in 2004. She is a beautiful elephant who roams with Yatta's ex-orphan herd, and in 2017 gave birth to her first born wild calf, a little bull called Nusu.    

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