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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 CHEMI CHEMI  Male  Thursday, June 18, 2009 Loisaba Ranch  Approximately 8 months old  He was found completely alone, with no sign of elephants in the area.  Poaching 

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2/6/2018 - Six wild bulls with Half Trunk among them were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when the orphans were let out. The number of wild elephants coming for water at the stockade is slowly increasing and this is due to the drying up of water holes in the area. Olare, Makireti and Narok’s group spent the night just outside the stockade, and joined the orphans to eat the lucerne the keepers were putting out for them. Galla, always eager to learn and test himself, picked on Chemi Chemi in an effort to learn new pushing tactics in a pushing game. Two hours after the orphans had left for browsing, seventeen wild dogs reported for water at the stockade water hole. The wild dogs then left immediately after having a quick drink of water. Laragai and her team left with Narok’s group, only to report back at the stockade late in the evening. Sapalan, the independent boy, spent most of his time browsing a short distance away from his friends. At mud bath time, the temperature was moderate and all the orphans participated fully in the wallowing exercise. In the evening, twenty five wild elephants reported for water. After drinking they wandered off back into the Park.

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 Some of the landscape of Loisaba ranch A track on the ranch
Some of the landscape of Loisaba ranch
photo taken on 2/27/2010
A track on the ranch
photo taken on 2/27/2010


It was Sunday 21st February 2010 at about midday when the Manager of Loisaba Ranch Mr. Tom Silvester, received word from his ranch staff that a baby elephant had been spotted alone on the border of the Ranch with the tribal lands inhabited by the notorious warlike Pokot tribe, who are certainly not known to be ele-friendly. There poaching, cattle rustling, and resolving tribal vendettas is rife for Pokotland is a region where the long arm of the law is largely non-existent. The poaching of elephants for ivory, plus the killing of them for no other reason than that they are wild animals is common place, and as a result of this human/elephant conflict also takes a heavy toll of any elephants passing through Pokot country, as they have over millennia.

Some of the landscape of Loisaba ranch  Beautiful views from Loisaba Lodge

Oryx on Loisaba Ranch.  A female lesser kudu, photograph taken on Loisaba

A track on the ranch

A Pokot woman

The Ranch workers monitored the lone calf for the rest of the day, but there were no other elephants to be seen in the area, so as nightfall approached, Alistair Boyd, the manager of Loisaba lodge, decided to save the elephant baby. With the help of his Staff, he managed to overpower the calf, who was still sufficiently strong to put up a spirited struggle. However, once subdued and tied down, he was taken to the Ranch Headquarters, where he took water from a bucket, and was given an Attendant as company for the night. It must have been a pleasant surprise for the little elephant to find a human who was caring and friendly, who offered him greens and water, and communicated with him in a gentle voice. He responded, and calmed down.

At first light the rescue plane took off from Nairobi, armed with three Keepers, all the rescue paraphanalia, milk, rehydrants and the usual medicaton and headed for Loisaba in Laikipia district. The little elephant arrived in the Nursery ahead of Daphne, Angela and Robert, who were traveling by car from Tsavo at the time.

The Loisaba ranch worker who attended to Chemi Chemi throughout his first night.jpg  The calf with Emanuelle and the rescue plane.jpg

The rescue scene at the Loisaba airstrip.jpg  The calf being prepared for the flight to Nairobi

Preparing the baby for the flight.  The young calf loaded and strapped in the plane ready for the flight.jpg

He was found near a small spring on the Ranch boundary, and was given the name “Chemi Chemi” which is the Swahili word for a Spring, since the Samburu or Pokot tribal name for a Spring was too difficult for most people to pronounce correctly. Little Chemi Chemi, or Chem Chem for short, who is approximately eight months old we think settled in instantly, especially when he found Melia next door to him. The very next morning he was allowed out to meet all 19 Nursery inmates, who embraced him instantly. From the start, he took milk from a bottle gratefully, attended the noon mudbath, which he enjoyed immensely, and clearly loved once again being part of an elephant herd, albeit one of miniatures. Olare, who has the makings of a very caring and proficient little Matriarch was, and is, exceedingly protective of him, and being of Northern elephant stock, where the population has been distilled until only the fittest have managed to survive, he will make a wonderful addition to our orphaned herd.

Off loading the calf from the aircraft into the waiting Trust pickup at Wilson Airport  On arrival he is unstrapped in the stable

We called him Chemi Chemi

Little Chemi Chemi brings the Nursery herd back to 20 and is a very friendly and forgiving little elephant, for he must have witnessed much violence against his kind in the past, not least the possible slaughter of his elephant mother either from poaching or human/wildlife conflict.

Chemi Chemi with Galo Galo  Chemi Chemi with little Tano, both from Loisaba

Sabachi with Chemi Chemi  Sabachi being protective over Chemi Chem1.jpg


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