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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KALAMA  Female  Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Kalama area, near Archer’s Post in Samburu district, Northern Kenya  Approximately between 4 - 5 months  Early one morning the calf was discovered standing chest high in water trapped in a well called Ikwasi Oibor  Man Made Cause for Separation 

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7/16/2018 - Olare and her group welcomed the juniors out as soon as the gates opened. Kalama and Chemi Chemi lay down in an attempt to woo the juniors to play with them. It didn’t work however as the juniors just carried on feeding on lucerne without paying any attention to what the two graduate orphans were doing. Kalama and Chemi Chemi eventually got tired of waiting and soon were on their feet, thinking if they win them over they might as well join them, so they too started feeding on lucerne. Later, Olare led the way to the browsing field.

It was really hot today but that didn't deter the orphans from carrying on with their browsing. At mud bath time however they made up for it and chose to swim for a long time given the high temperature. In the afternoon, the orphans parted ways with Olare’s herd and settled to browse in Kanziku area. In the evening twenty five wild bulls reported for water and as soon as they had enough water, the bulls disappeared the same way they had come. The number of wild elephants coming for water every evening keeps on growing.

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 We named her Kalama. 
We named her Kalama.
photo taken on 7/4/2009

photo taken on 6/28/2009


At 6 a.m. early during the morning of 30th May 2009, in the Kalama area, near Archer’s Post in Samburu district, 4 Samburu tribesmen (namely Iritek Likilwai, Malaria Lemramba, James Lemoyok and Temeriwas Lesankurikuri) visited what is known as “The White Well” (Ikwasi Oibor) , and discovered that a baby elephant had fallen in during the night and was standing chest-high in water at the bottom. They managed to extract the calf, which was a baby female aged about 4 - 5 months. The Kalama Conservancy Chairman, Mr. Daniel Lolosoli was notified and he came with 4 Kalama Game Scouts to recce the area, hoping to find the mother of the baby, but there was no sign of any adult elephants nearby. He and the Kalama Scouts (Samson Lenamunyi, the Community Ranger Sani Lenapangae, Marianlo Lenawala and Mpapa Lelesera) loaded the little elephant into the back of their Pickup truck driven by Steven Maina and drove it to the nearby airfield, to await the arrival of the Rescue Plane sent by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The sight that awaited the team on the Kalama airstrip,.jpg

The Trust's Keepers disembark from the aircraft.jpg  The airstrip.

Kalama in the back of the pickup landcruiser.  We named her Kalama.

The calf on the back of the rescue vehicle.jpg  The baby is lifted from the rescue vehicle.

We called her Kalama the name of the area she was found.

The calf is prepared for flight under the shade of the aircraft wing.  The baby is laid onto the mattress and her legs tied in preperation for the flight.

The Keepers give Kalama milk.jpg

The calf is lifted onto the plane.jpg  Preparing the calf for the flight.

The baby elephant was fed milk and rehydrant by the Trust’s Keepers before being airlifted to Nairobi lying with its legs bound on the rescue tarpaulin in the back of the Caravan aircraft. She arrived in the Nursery at 4 p.m. and was named “Kalama”. She was in good condition, and very calm, following the Keepers, so she was taken into the bush to join the other small Nursery babies for the rest of the afternoon. However, she was very restless and psychologically disturbed during the night, attempting to climb the stable partition, and calling continuously for her elephant mother. By dawn the next day, she was much calmer and more resigned to the circumstances in which she now found herself. Being a well victim, she need to undergo a long course of injectible antibiotic to forestall the dreaded pneumonia, but unlike many of the others who arrived severely emaciated, this calf had some reserves so we are hopeful that she will thrive.

Abdul takes down notes about Kalama's rescue story  Rescue story notes

Lifting Kalama  Kalama is strapped into the aircraft before takeoff.

All those involved in saving Kalama.

Arriving at Wilson Airport.jpg  Transported from the airstrip to the nursery.jpg

Kalama is untied once in her stable at the nursery.  Kalama in her stable.

Kalama at the nursery the first day  Kalama and Abdul.

Kalama taking comfort from Abdul.


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