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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1/30/2018 - Rapa was looking better in the morning after getting catasol and noroclave injections. Galla was the first one to leave the stockade holding a piece of branch in his mouth. Outside the stockade, Galla met with Chaimu and dropped the branch so as to challenge her. Instead of Chaimu defending herself, she decided to pick up the branch and enjoy a free treat instead. Galla didn’t want to wait for her to finish chewing the branch as he was desperate to wrestle with someone, so he settled on Kibo. Kibo had no time for such games as he was busy feeding on lucerne, which he knows very well he can’t find anywhere else. He pushed Galla away and continued enjoying his breakfast.

Out in the bush Galla settled to feed with Tusuja and later saw Pare passing close to them. Galla decided to show Pare who was boss by throwing himself on his back to ride on him. Pare managed to shake himself from Galla and moved away. Laragai and her group left with Kibo and only reported back to the stockade late in the evening. The rest of the day for the orphans was quiet as they concentrated on browsing without much fun and games.

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 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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