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

9/29/2018 - Yatta, Yoyo, Yetu, Kinna, Kama, Ithumbah, Makena, Ishanga, Sidai and Naserian who haven’t been seen for a month, showed up at the stockades after receiving news that Lualeni had a baby and wanted to congratulate her. After sharing lucerne pellets, Yatta continued their journey to look for Lualeni who had left the previous day for an undisclosed location. This dry season, we have seen the formation of new groups among the ex-orphans. Yatta has her own group now, Galana another one and there is a possibility for Lualeni, who for years has tried to form her own group but failed, to now start another one but only time will tell. Nasalot also has got her own group but it's not clear who the members are since Wendi, Wiva, Mwende and Mulika who used to be in Yatta’s group, have not also been seen for a month. No-one knows how long the formation of these new groups will hold; only time will tell. The orphans settled to browse at Kanziku area and the rest of the day was uneventful.

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

 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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