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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 NAISULA  Female  Saturday, November 15, 2008 Near Archers' Post - Samburu  Approximiately 2 years old, or just under.  She is a poaching vicitm, a number of elephants have been poached in that area recently  Poaching 

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9/27/2017 - Kibo, Kitirua and Murka were standing outside the stockade when the orphans were let out. Tusuja left with a branch in his mouth that he continued to munch on as he waited for lucerne. Shortly later Olare, Kalama, Chemi Chemi, Melia, Tumaren, Naisula and wild orphan checked in and settled to share the lucerne with the juniors. Ten buffaloes emerged from south east side of the stockade and walked to the water trough where they settled for water. Kitirua spotted the buffaloes and headed towards them in a charging mood. The buffaloes stood their ground and refused to move even an inch. Kitirua had no option other than to calm down and join the buffaloes to drink water! Tusuja and Lemoyian started their day’s activities by engaging in a strength testing exercise where they all settled to browse. Karisa settled for a soil dusting exercise while Dupotto settled to browse with Kamok.

At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by Olare’s group and thirty five wild elephants. Soon after wallowing, Boromoko engaged Lemoyian into a pushing game that ended when Murka intervened by pushing the two boys away. In the afternoon, the sun was hot making the orphans take a break from feeding and relax under a tree until the temperature dropped to a favourable level, and then they resumed browsing again. In the evening, the orphans passed by mud bath and were again joined by Olare’s group for an evening cool-off. Later, Olare and her group escorted the juniors back to the stockade for the evening, before they walked off into the Park again.

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 Naisula settled and happy Naisula
Naisula settled and happy
photo taken on 11/9/2010
Naisula
photo taken on 10/19/2010

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: NAISULA (foster now)


13th October 2010, the day that the 33 Chilean Miners were rescued from the bowels of the earth, beautiful little Naisula was also rescued, an orphan from the Archers’ Post Area close to Samburu National Reserve, an area where the Chinese road constructions works are based, and which has seen a great deal of Ivory Poaching of late. The KWS men who rescued her drove the calf to Lewa Downs, the closest airstrip and the rescue plane and Keepers arrived there in the late afternoon.

The young calf waiting at the Lewa Downs Airstrip  The men involved in her rescue

Preparing the calf for the flight  The calf is prepared for the flight



For us, she was, indeed, another miracle because as an orphan nearer two years old than one, she was friendly and trusting of the Keepers right from the very start, whereas most elephant orphans of her age, and especially those that originate in an area where elephants have been so badly persecuted by humans, want to exact revenge. However Naisula was different. From the moment of her arrival she accepted milk frist from a bucket and later from a hand-held bottle, slept that night with the Keeper beside her, and woke up in the morning to be welcomed into the fold by all the other orphans who came to the Gate of her Stockade to greet her. The following day, having been de-wormed, she was out and about with all the other Nursery elephants, instantly forming a strong bond of friendship with another Nursery newcomer named Kitirua who is also grieving for her lost elephant family and came into our care shortly before Naisula. They have become absolutely inseperable which is heartwarming to see.

Loading her onto the plane

Naisula during the flight  Strapped for the flight



Naisula’s name is a beautiful Samburu girl’s name, chosen by our Keepers, who were so impressed by her gentle and friendly disposition. It means a victorious girl. She has distinctively large eyes shaded by long lashes – eyes that are far bigger than usual and lashes that are far longer than normal. She is, indeed, a remarkable and beautiful elephant who, only two days after coming in as a wild orphan, was at the noon mudbath amongst all the others, watched by hundreds of spectators, which she must have found very alarming, but did not display anxiety, although she was careful to be in the midst of all the others.

Naisula arrives at the Nursery after dark but settles fast  She arrives at the Nairobi Nursery at night

The elephant Keepers have a runaround in the night while trying to settle the newcomer  Naisula settles remarkably quickly and in just hours is suckling the Keepers fingers



Whilst Naisula has been warmly welcomed into the Nursery fold by Olare and Suguta, the two Mini Nursery Matriarchs, Melia and Murka have not been so accommodating, resentful because she and Kitirua now occupy the stockades they were once in!

Inseperable friends, Naisula and Kitirua  Naisula settled and happy


   

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