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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MAKIRETI  Female  Thursday, July 2, 2009 Ziwani area near Tsavo West National Park  Approximately 1 year old  She was found abandoned on community lands with no elephants in the area  Reason Unknown 

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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.

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 Makireti and Kandecha Makireti during mudbath time
Makireti and Kandecha
photo taken on 7/14/2010
Makireti during mudbath time
photo taken on 7/14/2010


This female calf of approximately 1 year old was spotted at around midday on the 7th July 2010 by a Community Game Scout by the name of Isaac Mutua who was on a routine patrol on the Muhoho Farm owned by the Kenyatta family near Ziwani abutting Tsavo West National Park. The young elephant was alone and wandering aimlessly with no wild herds in the area, its emaciated condition indicative that it had obviously been orphaned, with no chance of survival being still milk dependent. What happened to its mother is not known, but what is known is that there is a great deal of human/wildlife conflict in that area, as well as poaching for both ivory and bushmeat, with elephants now being targeted because they provide both evil and lucrative commodities. Sadly, many of the communities abutting Tsavo are agricultural based rather than pastoral and as such definitely not ele-friendly. It is not unusual for orphans found in that particular area to be willfully maimed or killed by being speared, irrespective of size.

Mercifully this young calf escaped that fate, her presence instead reported to the officer in charge of the Taveta Out Station, Ms. Constance Mwasho who, in conjunction with the Senior Warden in charge of Tsavo West, Daniel Woodley, alerted the Trust and coordinated the rescue.

The calf tied up at the airstrip waiting for the rescue plane to land  DSWT Keepers approach the small calf

Trying to restrain the calf so she can be fed and loaded into the waiting rescue plane  Feeding the calf

As usual, the Trust chartered a Caravan Aircraft, which left Nairobi at around 2 p.m. to airlift the orphan back to the Nairobi Nursery, where she arrived soon after 5 p.m. and was put in the stable next door to that of Kudup. Being still relatively strong but understandably extremely fearful and aggressive, it took three stalwart Keepers to ward off her repeated onslaughts and to set about calming her overnight and getting her to take milk. By morning, they had succeeded, and the calf had taken milk overnight and was desperate for more, but in this respect it is important to proceed cautiously and not to overload the stomach of an emaciated candidate for fear of upsetting it. Such calves are usually too feeble to withstand diarrheoa which, in an elephant, is an extremely life threatening condition.

Preparing Makireti for the flight  Loading the elephant onto the plane

The calf prepared and strapped in for the flight to Nairobi  Makireti in her stable the day after she arrived at the Nairobi Nursery

The name proposed by those whorescued her is Makireti, meaning “one left in the wilderness” in the Taita tribal dialect. We feel this appropriate, and so little Makireti becomes the 16th elephant currently in the Trust’s Nairobi Elephant Nursery.

It only took a day to tame Makireti down sufficiently for her to join the other orphans and she has become very much part of the group, accepted and loved by them all. It seems she has made a special bond with both Kandecha who is also a new arrival himself and Mawenzi, who always has time for all the newcomers.

Kandecha, Makireti and Mawenzi - firm friends

Makireti during mudbath time  Makireti and Kandecha

Out browsing in the forest


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