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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 CHAIMU  Female  Monday, June 16, 2008 She was found abandoned on Kuku Group ranch on the 4th June 2009.  Estimated to be about one year old  reports were made about the abandoned calf two days previously. But she was eventually found again, having walked over 20 km across waterless terrain, and finally rescued.  Reason Unknown 

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

7/22/2018 - There was tension in the morning after lions caused disturbance close to the stockade after they tried to attack elephants that were coming for water. Mutara’s herd, part of Olare’s herd and Chaimu, Kilaguni, Kilabasi and Makireti appeared nervous when they reported at the stockade in the morning. The junior graduate orphans decided to stick with the Keepers and the dependent orphans for the entire morning and this wasn't much fun because they were very skittish and nervous at any tiny noise.

At mud bath time, the sun was hot and the entire herd decided to wallow in the waterhole and then soil bath as well. Five bulls showed up for water and joined Enkikwe, Olsekki, Lemoyian and Siangiki who were still drinking. In the afternoon, the junior graduate orphans parted ways with the orphans. This was once they felt less tense and much more relaxed, and everything was back to normal.

The orphans had their milk and drank some water and then decided to swim in a line through the mud hole. It was lovely to see them swimming so gracefully through the water and none of them decided to play any funny games. They came out and went to the pile of soil where they covered themselves in a protective layer before going back out into the sun to browse.

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

 Chaimu settles into the nursery group The little calf is carried across the rough lava to the waiting vehicle
Chaimu settles into the nursery group
photo taken on 6/8/2009
The little calf is carried across the rough lava to the waiting vehicle
photo taken on 6/4/2009


Another arrival on the 4th of June, this time rescued near Kampi ya Kanzi on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills, bringing the total now in the Nairobi Nursery to 19! The Manager of Campi ya Kanzi Lodge had been searching for this calf for a couple of days, having heard reports about an abandoned calf. Two days later the calf, aged about 1 year, was located, captured by the Lodge Staff and taken to the nearest airfield to await the arrival of the Rescue Plane, having alerted us earlier that they hoped to find the orphan. It is not known whether she is a victim of poaching or drought, both of which are affecting the area. What was evident is that she had walked over 22 km from where she was origionally sighted, through waterless terrain, before finally being rescued.

Chaimu being captured  The little calf is carried across the rough lava to the waiting vehicle

She arrived at the Nursery in the afternoon, emaciated and with diarrheoa, passing mud in a very runny stool, so was immediately put on a course of antibiotics and the usual coagulanting agents. She was very fearful of humans, but had still sufficient reserves, thankfully. Many of the orphans who have originated from the Chyulu hills and Amboseli have arrived with a tremendous loathing and fear of humans which is indicative of how the elephant community has been treated in that area. They have long suffered a great deal of harassment from a community that is not ele-friendly. We named this baby “Chaimu” the Swahili word for the lava ash, since the Chyulu range of hills are of very recent volcanic origin, with an emergent mist forest covering them, which, sadly, is subjected to illegal logging. Comprised of ash, all mist and rainwater filters through to basement rock beneath to run as underground rivers and emerge in crystal clear springs, one of which is Mzima, which provides Mombasa town’s water supply, and the other Umani springs which is the only ground water for the wildlife in the Chyulu Hills National Park. Located outside of the Park the Trust now has a lease to help protect the Kibwezi forest and the fauna and flora, and at the same time support and educate the surrounding community.

Chaimu shortly after capture

The calf waits for the rescue plane  On arrival at the airstrip the Keepers attempt to feed the calf

Chaimu in the rescue vehicle  Chaimu is loaded onto the plane.

Chaimu on the plane.

Chaimu settled into the nursery but soon a cause for concern was the fact that his one eye seemed to have no sight, and an ominous milky spot in the second eye was worrying. With the help of Dr. Swendermann both eyes have improved dramatically and we believe will return to normal with ongoing intensive treatment.

We called her Chaimu,

Chaimu settles into the nursery group  Chaimu settled in the nursery


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