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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KITIRUA  Female  Thursday, February 26, 2009 Amboseli National Park  18 Months  The calf was found wandering alone near the Kitirua swamp  Reason Unknown 

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1/25/2018 - On their night adventures, Laragai and her group came across Tumaren, Melia, Olare, Kitirua, Naisula, Kalama, Chemi Chemi, Chaimu, a wild orphan and Kilaguni. Shortly before dawn, the group walked back to the stockade compound where they decided to take a little nap before being joined by the juniors. Boromoko and Sirimon checked in later in the company of a wild bull. The wild bull settled for water as Sirimon stretched his trunk to the bulls mouth, enquiring which way they would go after drinking water. Sirimon and Boromoko, who have become good friends lately, are learning how to be big boys. Their friendship has been reinforced since they were the last to join Laragai’s independent group, and it appears that there is something they don't like about the group. Time will tell what it is that is bothering them! The bull left soon after drinking enough water and advised Sirimon that he was still young to go out with him, but from time to time he will be popping back to give him one or two lessons.

When the juniors were out Galla, who is growing fast, settled for a chat with Boromoko as he tried to find out what were his feelings were, given that he always spends the night out. The gentle Boromoko gave his answers as he took Galla into a series of pushing tactics that he would be using to attack his fellow boys. It appeared that Galla was enjoying the lessons and games and when the time comes, we think he would certainly love to join Boromoko in the wild. Later Galla tried to put into practice what he had learned from Boromoko on Tusuja, and attempted to climb on him. Tusuja didn't like it and turned to face Galla to see what his problem was. Galla stood his ground which seemed to inform Tusuja that he should watch this space and he was trying hard to be the most dominant male! The quiet Dupotto who keeps to herself and who never likes to be pushed settled for a soil dusting exercise, while the independent Sapalan settled in the valley enjoying a great variety of vegetation. On the way to the mud bath, the keepers realized that Sapalan was missing from the group. A search was quickly mounted and to the keeper’s surprise, he was still browsing in the valley, very unconcerned about what was going on around him. Sapalan weaned himself off milk the second day after arriving in Ithumba. So to him, nothing is special and he is giving signs that he can be on his own and he can survive without any problem. Later, it was realized that a short distance away four bulls were communicating with Sapalan, assuring him that all is well and if he wanted to he could join them too. It's only a matter of time before we think Sapalan will bid goodbye to the stockade life. Karisa used to behave the same way as Sapalan, but the only difference is that Karisa is still drinking. At the moment he has calmed down a lot, unlike before when he wanted to run off into the bush all the time. It was not long ago when Karisa ran off with Dupotto and Kelelari for close to three months! Karisa turned up in a group of Ex Orphans and rejoined the milk dependent group several metres from where he took off for his foray in the wild.

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

 Aden, Amos, Julius and Zoom Zoom 
Aden, Amos, Julius and Zoom Zoom
photo taken on 10/28/2010

photo taken on 9/29/2010

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: KITIRUA (foster now)


This calf from Amboseli National Park was sited on the 14th September 2010 in amongst the W.A. Family, so named for identification purposes by the Amboseli Researchers who have studied the Amboseli wild elephant population for the past 40 odd years. On the 29th the calf was again spotted by Norah of the Research Unit, but this time was all alone not far from the Swamp. She was thin, so had obviously been without her mother for several days. The fate of the mother is not known for sure, but she is suspected to have been the victim of poaching. Another possibility is that the calf became bogged in the swamp and subsequently abandoned by the herd.

  Aerial veiw of Amboseli

Elephants below  Amboseli 1

Amboseli elephants



Soila of the Amboseli Research Team reported the presence of the orphaned calf to the KWS Warden of Amboseli before alerting Cynthia Moss in Nairobi who alerted the Trust that a rescue was needed. The plane left at 2 p.m. with Keepers from the Trust’s Nairobi Park Elephant Nursery and all the paraphernalia needed for the rescue aboard, while a second plane flew in a French Television Unit, who happened to doing a documentary on the Orphaned Elephants.

Preparing to land  Aden, Amos, Julius and Zoom Zoom

Landing at Amboseli  The French film crew

Preparing for the rescue  The orphaned calf

Kitirua just before rescue



The team was met at the Amboseli strip and transported to where the calf was close the swamp. Although visibly emaciated, the calf was easily restrained and captured by the Trust’s Keepers, and put up little resistance. After a short journey back to the airstrip, just as daylight faded, they took off for the forty five minute return flight to Nairobi. Covered with a blanket and strapped down in the plane she remained motionless throughout the flight, with our Keepers close at hand. One can only imagine how frightening the whole experience must have been for her. On arrival at Wilson airport in Nairobi she was driven to the Trust Nursery, arriving after dark at about 8 p.m.

The calf is found  Even the pilots got involved in the rescue proceedings

Even the pilots got involved!  Restraining the calf

Capturing the calf  Working hard to capture the calf

The calf is restrained  The calf is captured

Restraining her for the journey  The calf and the Keepers in the back of the KWS landcruiser pickup

In the back of the landrover  Aden pleased that the rescue ordeal is behind them

Amos driving back to the airstrip  Zoom Zoom one of the keepers who went to rescue Kitirua

A KWS vehicle drives the team & orphan back to the airstrip  On the way to the airstrip they passed an Amboseli bull



She is a female calf, still without tusks, so aged between 15 and l8 months and at the suggestion of the Amboseli Researchers she was named “Kitirua”, the name of the hill overlooking the Swamp. She still had sufficient strength to give her Keepers a run-around throughout the night, but with lots of t.l.c. and the input of the other orphans and the milk of course she soon tamed down. After three days was able to join the others, and she is now is fully integrated into the Nursery and thankfully putting on weight. It is heartwarming to see her love for the new elephant family she has inherited, just when hers was lost, and to see her find happiness again. She is one of the lucky ones, rescued by many people who did so much to ensure she had a second chance.

Loading the calf into the rescue plane before heading back to Nairobi  Loading the calf as the sun faded

The rescue story is written down before departure  The flight back to Nairobi

Returning to Nairobi  Kitirua being greated warmly by the Nursery elephants the morning after her rescue

   

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