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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 OLARE  Female  Monday, September 8, 2008 Olare Orok Conservancy - Maasai Mara  Approximately 1 year old  Found beside her paralyzed mother who later had to be euthanized  Reason Unknown 

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Most Recent Keeper's Diary Entry: (view all the latest entries for OLARE)

2/27/2018 - The rest of Laragai’s group reported early, shortly before dawn at the stockade compound. Kithaka, who is such a little rascal, managed to climb up the stockade walls and broke a tap from one our tanks before the keepers on duty heard him and drove him out. Earlier he had passed by the KWS office and went under the electric wires and over tuned a plastic tank and pierced another one with his tusks. Olare’s group in the company of fifteen wild elephants were present at the stockade compound. Olare and her team joined the orphans for lucerne.

Tusuja and Galla settled to feed together. The two boys who are of equal size had a disagreement when Tusuja took some leaves from Galla's mouth. The disagreement ended in a strength testing exercise that finally ended in a draw. At mud bath time, Kamok, Wanjala and Tusuja were in the first group. Soon after having their milk, the three headed for the mud bath. When they saw the third group running for their milk, Kamok did a quick calculation and decided to trick and the keepers into thinking she hadn't had her milk yet. To make sure that her plan didn't backfire, Kamok incorporated Wanjala in her scheme. Kamok informed Wanjala that they would join the third group just running while in their midst to make sure that no body detected them. The naughty duo were disappointed however when they got to the keepers who were holding the milk bottles. They were informed that they had taken their share and what remained was for them was to walk to the water trough and drink a lot of water. Wanjala scolded Kamok for failing in their plan and wished he was big enough to punish Kamok for not seeing it through. The temperature was moderate and shortly later, the orphans were joined by Mutara’s group. In the afternoon, Namalok separated himself from the main group and returned later when it was time to return back to the stockades.

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

 Olare now settled and totally integrated amoungst the other nursery orphans.jpg Olare in the middle between her nursery friends.
Olare now settled and totally integrated amoungst the other nursery orphans.jpg
photo taken on 9/8/2009
Olare in the middle between her nursery friends.
photo taken on 8/20/2009


At 10am on the 5th of August just one day after the dramatic rescue of baby “Turkwell”, a young calf and its ailing mother was seen by a passing tourist who passed the report to the KWS vet Dr. Dominic Mijele, of our Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit.

Olare's rescue team consisted of Patrick, Hassan, Julius and Stephen.

The team prepares to depart for the Mara.j  Stephen in the front seat of the plane en route to the Mara.jpg

Views below while flying to the Mara.  Maasai Manyatta's viewed from the air.jpg

By the time the Mobile Veterinary Unit located the elephant and its calf, the mother was in a pathetic and horrific state of collapse, able only to move her front legs and trunk, her baby clinging to her in a state of sheer terror and confusion. Dr. Dominic Mijele immobilized the mother to assess the cause of her suffering and found that an injury had shattered her femur, it caused nerve damage so sever that she was left paralyzed, with no hope of recovery or survival, and it is assumed that the injury was caused by a bullet wound, but that could not be confirmed.

Driving across the Mara plains to where the calf and mother were located.  The Keepers are collected from the airstrip to be taken to the scene of Olare and her incapacitated mother.jpg

Before the calf could be captured the mother was to be darted to ensure no further stress.jpg

Dominic from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's mobile veterinary unit prepares to dart the mother.jpg  Darting the mother.jpg

The DSWT vet from the Mara Veterinary Unit, Dominic prepares to dart the incapacitated mother.  The calf beside her injured mother.

The Trust was alerted of yet another rescue arriving at the Olkiombo airstrip where Dr. Dominic Mijele and KWS Rangers awaited the keepers. From the airstrip they were then driven to the ailing mother and her terrified baby some 20 kilometers away so that their expertise could ensure a smooth capture of the calf. It was a heart-wrenching scene that greeted them, the mother attempting to protect the terrified baby who was clinging to her and climbing on her in an attempt to evade a hated enemy responsible for the suffering of her adored mother. There were no dry eyes that day as the Keepers moved in to try to capture the baby once the mother was darted to immobilize her and prevent her flailing trunk from injuring the men, and to minimize any further stress.

The rescue team are confronted with an incredibly distressing scene.

The calf beside her injured mother.  The Keepers prepare for the capture.jpg

Caputring Olare.

The heartbreaking sight of little Olare clambering over her incapacitated mother.jpg

The young calf is caught and a blanket placed over her eyes to cause less stress.  Olare captured and being restrained.jpg

The calf was still strong at approximately 1 year old; also quite capable of injuring a man, so the keepers needed the assistance of the KWS Rangers. Once the baby was loaded and on its way to the waiting plane, the vet euthanized the mother, thus ending her unbearable suffering.

The calf is loaded into the vehicle.jpg


The DSWT vet from the Mara Veterinary Unit, Dominic prepares to dart the incapacitated mother.jpg  Driving to the airstrip.

The calf is loaded and strapped into the plane.jpg

The whole experience physically and emotionally draining.  The tragic scene - the stricken mother euthanized and left on the plains of the Mara.

She gets to meet the other nursery orphans.jpg

Olare now settled and totally integrated amoungst the other nursery orphans.jpg  Olare in the middle between her nursery friends.

Olare 1.


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