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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5/30/2018 - Soon after having his milk, Karisa jumped over to where Sapalan and his friends usually spent the night. Karisa tried to hold the tail of the quiet Sapalan to try and climb on his back. Sapalan resisted by running away from Karisa. Karisa then turned to Pare who defended himself fiercely by repelling Karisa. Makireti, Chemi Chemi and Kilabasi were relaxing outside the stockade with Laragai. Laragai had totally refused to get into the stockade with her friends and opted to spend the night out, reporting in the dead of night and comfortably sleeping just outside the stockade. Soon after the orphans were let out, Garzi and Chemi Chemi engaged each other in a strength testing exercise that lasted all the way to the browsing field. An hour later, Kinna, baby Kama, Nasalot, baby Nusu, Galana, baby Gawa, Melia, Kenze, Bongo, Kalama, Chyulu, Kibo, Kandecha, Tumaren and two wild bulls made a brief stopover at the stockade. They later showed up at the mud bath as well, to find out if there were any new comers. After they were done with their investigation, a wild bull rumbled and Kinna and the rest of the group followed. The juniors headed to browse in the Kalovoto area up to five o'clock in the evening when they returned back to the stockade.

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

 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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