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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 TUMAREN  Female  Friday, September 26, 2008 Tumaren Ranch - Laikipia  10 months  Found alone standing by her dying mother  Poaching 

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10/6/2018 - The orphans woke up to find twelve bulls already present at the stockade water troughs. As the wild bulls had their fill of water, the orphans settled for their lucerne. Kithaka and Oltaiyoni had a slight disagreement, which resulted in Kithaka pushing Oltaiyoni away and refusing to share the lucerne with her. After feeding on lucerne pellets, brave Laragai encouraged Barsilinga to join the two wild bulls that were still at the water troughs. Out in the browsing field, Galla and Karisa took a break from feeding to engage each other in a strength testing game that ended all too quickly as they both tired of the game. Shortly after, the orphans were joined by Naisula, Kitirua, Kibo, Murka, Kalama and Tumaren. Garzi and Naisula entwined trunks in morning greetings but this soon turned into a pushing game.

Yatta and Galana’s groups checked in at the stockade compound briefly before leaving into the Park again. On the way to have their milk, Naseku competed with Wanjala by racing. Naseku emerge as winner while the competition between Karisa and Mundusi saw Mundusi beat Karisa again. The temperature was moderate and the orphans participated fully in the wallowing exercise. Kauro was not happy boy when he was pushed by Kitirua. The Keepers intervened by warning Kitirua to stop her bullying behaviour.

After the orphans had enough wallowing, thirty two wild bulls reported for water and stayed at mud bath as long as they wished as they enjoyed drinking and a cooling off exercise. The afternoon was quiet as the orphans settled to browse at upper Kalovoto area. The rebel group led by Laragai group returned back to the stockade early before five and were not allowed entry until the rest of the group reported back at the normal time.

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 Tumaren sniffing Tumaren upon arrival at the Nursery
Tumaren sniffing
photo taken on 8/19/2009
Tumaren upon arrival at the Nursery
photo taken on 8/19/2009


5pm on the 20th of July brought a call for Kerry Glen of Tumaren Ranch in Laikipia that a baby elephant had been seen by a dying mother, with no other elephants around. The mother elephant appeared paralyzed, possibly poisoned but the reason was uncertain.

Tumaren next to her dying mother  Tumaren lays her trunk on her mother

The calf in the rescue vehicle  Tumaren in a room at the ranch

The decision was made to capture the calf, since the mother was obviously beyond recovery. Kerry Glen and Jamie, along with the ranch workers captured the calf, fearing that it would not survive the death of its mother, since predators were prevalent on the ranch, and her mother was later euthanased by KWS. She was taken to their home, where Jamie remained near the calf in an adjoining room all night. It was a sleepless and very disturbed ordeal, because the distraught baby, cried all night for her mother, and even tried desperately to climb through a window.

The rescue vehicle  The calf upon arrival at the airstip in the rescue vehicle

The keepers asses the calf's condition  The keepers give the calf an anti-biotic injection

The keepers prepare the calf's matress for the flight  Lifting the calf into the rescue plane

The calf was flown to the Nairobi Nursery on the 21st July 2009 arriving at noon. She was still strong and aggressive (a good sign denoting the will to live and the reserves to make an effort), but she soon calmed down once the other Nursery elephants were brought in to impart hope and encouragement. The other orphans gave her a warm welcome, and immediately she responded, turning into a very affectionate member of the herd, calm and friendly to both her elephant orphan peers and their human family.

The calf is loaded into the rescue plane  The calf during the flight

Off loading the calf from the plane  Leaving Wilson airport

Off loading the calf  The keepers off load the calf into a stockade

We named the new arrival “Tumaren” to denote her origin. She is about 10 months old and becomes the 22nd member of our Nursery herd of mini orphans ever partaking of the mudbath along with the others. An enchanting addition to the group, popular with the other elephants as well as her human admirers.

Tumaren upon arrival at the Nursery  Tumaren is untied and released from the travelling ropes

Tumaren sniffing  Tumaren in her stockade

Tumaren is almost immedaitely calmed by the orphans

Kenia reaches in to greet Tumaren  Kenia comforting Tumren upon theIr first meeting

Tumaren in the bush with the herd  Tumaren in the bush with the orphans


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