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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9/28/2017 - Mutara and her group reported to the stockade compound early in the morning. When the gates were opened for the juniors to come out, Mutara and her group rushed in to find out if there was anything left over for them to feed on. They walked out a short while later and settled for lucerne. Sokotei and Olsekki left with branches in their mouths but Shukuru and Siangiki forced Olsekki into sharing his with them by pulling it from his mouth. Naseku spent some time scratching on the nearby rocks and shortly later, the orphans were joined by Makireti, Kilabasi, Kasigau, Madiba, Zurura, Orwa, Narok, Vuria, bomani and two wild bulls. Kainuk briefly played with Vuria before turning to Orwa. At the browsing field, Kithaka started a pushing game with Garzi, a game that prompted Sokotei to start one with Olsekki. Five wild dogs tried to access the water at the stockade compound but unfortunately were chased away by Mutara who was guarding the water hole. At eleven o'clock in the morning, the orphans attended mud bath and there after returned back to the browsing field. The orphans settled to browse along the lower Kalovoto seasonal river where Sokotei spent some time dusting himself with soil.

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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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