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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10/24/2018 - Mutara, Sities, Kanjoro, Kainuk, Chaimu, Kasigau, Suguta and Kilaguni spent the night outside the stockades and early in the morning, joined the orphans for lucerne pellets. After resting for the whole night, the junior ex-orphans looked better in the morning. After feeding on lucerne pellets with the dependent orphans, Mutara’s group opted to walk in the bush in morning. Sities settled to browse with Esampu as she browsed quietly and looked relieved to be with the dependent orphans and the Keepers; they must have gone for some days without finding good water.

At eleven o'clock in the morning, the weather was still chilly and the orphans in the company of Mutara’s group drank some water then walked back out to the bush. Namalok had a stand-off with Enkikwe after Namalok thought that simply because Enkikwe has an injury, he could bully him. Enkikwe did not tolerate this and being senior to Namalok, decided to show Namalok that he had an experience in handling his juniors. Namalok quit the stand-off after realizing that he was fighting a losing battle. Namalok then moved to play with Wanjala and Galla. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the lower Kalovoto area until late in the evening, when Maramoja led the first group back to the stockades.

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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