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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MUTARA  Female  Monday, July 20, 2009 Mutara Ranch  about one week old  She was first seen on the road between Rumuruti town in Laikipia and the ADC ranch known as Mutara.  Poaching 

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5/28/2018 - Shortly before the 6am milk feed time, Kauro couldn't wait for his milk any longer. He picked up a piece of stick and put it in his mouth and pretended that he was now having his milk by suckling on the stick. The gentle boy was happy to see the keepers approaching him with the real thing. He dropped the stick and enjoyed taking his milk. After the morning milk, the orphans settled to feed on lucerne before heading to the browsing field. Karisa had brief strength testing exercise with Galla and then Karisa attempted to ride on Galla. This is the same Karisa who used to be quiet and shy. These days the street-wise boy has gained confidence and is more interactive with his herd. Out in the field Siangiki and Olsekki who are great friends settled to feed together. The two played the same game of competing who could kneel and use their mouths to uproot the grass.

Out in the field, the juniors were joined by Mutara, Suguta, Kainuk, Turkwel, Sities, Kanjoro and Kilaguni. The ex-orphans browsed with the juniors until mud bath time when they escorted them for a cool-off exercise at mud bath. The herd had a prolonged mud-bath given that the sun was so hot. Kilaguni and Kanjoro stole the show by pairing up as the tailless team who were left wallowing even after the rest of the herd had quit and left. In the afternoon, Mutaraís group parted ways with the juniors and met them again in the evening on the way back to the stockade.

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 Mutara having sun cream rubbed on her ear Mutara loves her Keepers
Mutara having sun cream rubbed on her ear
photo taken on 8/28/2009
Mutara loves her Keepers
photo taken on 8/28/2009

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: MUTARA (foster now)


The 26th July brought not only the rescue of 2 and a half month old Tano from Loisaba Ranch, but also another newborn, who was seen all alone at 2pm on the road between Rumuruti town in Laikipia and the ADC ranch known as Mutara. Mutara called the Kenyan Wildlife Service, and since it was by then too late to initiate a rescue (added to the fact that all our phone land lines were out of action) the ADC Ranch personally alerted the Ol Pejeta Conservancy requesting them to care for the calf for the night.

And so it was, that on the 27th July 2009, the newborn baby female calf who has been named Mutara, after the ADC station that saved her from certain death, came to us flown in this time by East African Air Charters, in a small Cessna 206 aircraft.

The rescue plane  Mt Kenya flying to collect Mutara

The Keepers give the orphan milk on the airstrip  The keepers lay the calf on a matress for the flight

The orphan arrives in the Nursery  The orphan is helped to her feet after the long plane journey to Nairobi

The umbilicus was still attached so this calf may not have had the motherís first Colostrum milk to trigger her immune system. She was therefore given Elephant plasma (frozen in our deep freezer) through a saline drip directly into an ear vein.

Mutara with Peter who was on her rescue  Mutara is helped to her feet

Mutara with Tano



Although the reason for her being orphaned is not definitely known, she is likely to also be a poaching victim. Her arrival brought the number of Nursery inmates to 24.

Mutara  Mutara playing with a blanket

Mutara and keepers playing with her  Mutara having sun cream rubbed on her ear

Mutara loves her Keepers  Mutara with Adan

Mutara with Isiolo


   

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