The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: SABACHI 

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 SABACHI  Male  Tuesday, September 2, 2008 Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Area  Approximately 5 months old  He was discovered by Aden the gardener when he walked into the grounds of Serara Lodge,  Man Made Cause for Separation 

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3/12/2015 - Kalama, Suguta, Melia, Naisula, Kitirua, Tumaren, Kibo, Chemi chemi, Ishanga, Kasigau, Kilabasi and Makireti reported at the stockade compound early before six o'clock in the morning. When the gates opened for the juniors to get out, Kalama stood at the spring gate and blocked the juniors from leaving. It took the intervention of the keepers for Kalama to clear the way. The partially independent group joined the juniors in feeding on lucerne. Orwa was pushed by Kasigau rudely while he was feeding on his Lucerne, which he was angered by, but instead of retaliating he showed his annoyance by leaving the scene and moving far away to browse alone and undisturbed.

The orphans then headed out for the day walking deep into the bush, browsing at the foot of the granite Kopjes as they steadily made their way to the browsing fields. Kainuk and Vuria spent a long while scratching on some fallen trees they had stumbled upon, contorting their bodies to reach all their sensitive places, with much emphasis on scratching their tummies. Mutara broke a green branch which she shared with Sities and Vuria spoiled for a fight when he tried to forcefully take a branch from Bongo's mouth. Bongo resisted and this ended in a fight which the Keepers had to calm down.

By eleven o'clock in the morning, the weather was chilly and only Bongo that wallowed. A Mount Kenya elephant, Bongo seems immune to cold temperatures, and not much daunts him or dissuades him from his favourite water games. The rest of the group headed for a soil bath soon after taking their milk and looked on at Bongo alone in the water. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse at Kanziku area. Vuria fed close to Shukuru and Garzi while Bongo isolated himself from the others heading further a field alone, only to rejoin the others again later. The ex orphans in the company of three wild elephants all came to drink water at the stockade shortly after the juniors returned back to their night stockades. The ex orphan group remain close at hand, communicating with the dependent babies, and having their fill of water, then they slowly slipped into the darkness out of view, with only the sound of breaking branches giving their position away. Later that night the hyenas called and we could not help but remember that fateful early morning when Sabachi was badly attacked and despite the Keepers intervention and the company of the ex orphans we could not save him. We were happy to know our babies were safely sleeping sounding, completely unperturbed by the hyenas.

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 Sabachi mountain stands sentinal over the area, looking out towards the Mathews range Sabachi, or Ololokwe, the high mountain in the distance makes a prominent backdrop
Sabachi mountain stands sentinal over the area, looking out towards the Mathews range
photo taken on 2/3/2009
Sabachi, or Ololokwe, the high mountain in the distance makes a prominent backdrop
photo taken on 2/3/2009


Sabachi mountain stands sentinal over the area, looking out towards the Mathews range  Sabachi, or Ololokwe, the high mountain in the distance makes a prominent backdrop

The Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy is an area of approximately 76,000 hectares situated around the Southern end of the Mathews Mountain range of hills in Northern Kenya, home to the semi nomadic pastoral Samburu people who have long coexisted with the wildlife of their land. The colourful image of a Samburu Warrior clad in traditional garb being reunited with the Ithumba Unit orphans, some whom were rescued by the Namunyak community, graces the front of our 2008 Newsletter.

Namunyak Conservation Area folds around the Mathews Range mountains

Amos boards the rescue Cessna 206 before departing Nairobi for Namunyak  Amos on the flight from Nairobi to Namunyak

Aircraft, the pilot and Amos wait on the airstrip for the calf to arrive

The Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy was established with help from Ian Craig of the Lewa Conservancy and Northern Rangelands Trust, to sensitize the local community to the value of their wildlife heritage and promote wildlife conservation so that they could financially benefit by protecting the wildlife of their area. This endeavour has proved enormously successful in view of the fact that l985 elephants had been eliminated entirely from the Mathews range due to poaching for ivory. Today, several thousand elephants have returned and are living and breeding there, along with a variety of other wildlife species, protected by the Conservancy’s Samburu wildlife guards who constantly patrol the area. A beautiful tented camp within the area, known as Serara, generates tourist revenue for the community and is becoming increasingly popular as a high-end tourist destination.

The orphaned calf in the back of the landcruiser on the way to the airstrip

He is transported to Namunyak airstrip in the back of a landcruiser  Sabachi on arrival at the airstrip

The calf is prepared for the flight  The calf was administered a sedative to keep him calm for the flight back in a small 206 aircraft

It was into the grounds of this camp that 5 month old baby “Sabachi” walked one early morning much to the surprise of the grounds man called Aden. His name is taken from the sacred mountain of the Samburu people which is greatly revered and which dominates the low-lying landscape.

South of Namunyak flows the Ewaso Nyiro river, a life line for both people and wildlife of the area  A herd of wild elephants cross the Ewaso Nyiro River

The Northern Frontier of Kenya is an arid region where water is a very scarce and precious commodity and where deep wells are dug in the dry sand luggas to serve the tribe’s domestic livestock. There are also luggus with steep erosion gullies and when the elephants crowd around such places, unsuspecting boisterous little babies can fall in, and more often than not the situation is such that the herd is unable to rescue the calf.

The calf attracted great interest from the Namunyak community seen here all looking at the calf loaded into the plane  The calf and Amos share the back seats in the 206 for the flight to Nairobi

We believe little Sabachi was probably one such victim who could have been extracted by tribesmen, but then escaped, for he is a live wire, full of energy and strength, and tell-tale abrasions under his chin and along the side of his body, along with a slightly chewed trunk from a predator point to such a fate. He was flown to the Nairobi Nursery on the 3rd February 2009 and so far is doing well.

Sabachi takes his milk at the Nursery


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