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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 OLOLOO  Male  Monday, February 2, 2009 Masai Mara  About 2 and a half years old  He was spotted alone in high grass on the opposite bank of the Mara river at the beginning of June 2011 by a Research student, based at the Karen Blixen Camp.  Reason Unknown 

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1/15/2019 - The sky was clear as the orphans strolled out from the stockades this morning. Led by Oltaiyoni, the orphans settled to browse in the Kone area. Sapalan teamed up with Ndiwa, Sana Sana and Malkia for some time before parting ways. The parting was brought about by Ndiwa who tried to take some grass out of Sapalan's mouth. Sapalan stretched his trunk and warned Ndiwa not to ever repeat such a mistake again. Sapalan then walked away in an angry mood. Olsekki settled for a soil dusting exercise while Mundusi settled to browse with the hot tempered Ukame.

At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by Kibo, Chemi Chemi, Naisula, Kitirua, Kandecha and Murka who all enjoyed wallowing, followed by a prolonged soil dusting session. In the evening, Wendi, Wiva, Yatta, Yetu, Yoyo, Mulika, Mwende, Kinna, Kama, Makena, Bongo, Vuria, Ololoo, Lenana, Ithumba and two wild elephants showed up at the stockade and left immediately after taking enough water.

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 Ololoo with Ishanga.jpg Ololoo with Kalama and Peter
Ololoo with Ishanga.jpg
photo taken on 6/23/2011
Ololoo with Kalama and Peter
photo taken on 6/23/2011


A young elephant calf was spotted alone in high grass on the opposite bank of the Mara river at the beginning of June 2011 by a Research student, Cecilie Willumsgaard based at the Karen Blixen Camp. During the afternoon of l8th June the same Researcher and her fiancé again came across the calf, who was still alone and at the same location, secretion from the temporal glands evidence of stress.

Ololoo spotted alone  Ololoo seen alone

It was then that they contacted the necessary authorities who in turn contacted the Nairobi Elephant Nursery in Nairobi, who arranged for an aircraft to be on standby the next morning, should the calf be able to be captured. It was a young bull, with tusks visible, aged between 2 and 3 years of age, and therefore still dependent on milk for survival.

After a three hour search the next morning, the elephant was spotted in thick bush and kept under surveillance pending the arrival of the KWS Vet attached to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit, and some Rangers to help capture the calf. Once the Vet arrived, the calf was darted with Stressnil, since he still had strength and was too big to capture without being sedated.

The orphan is captured  Capturing the calf

Once the drug worked, he was easily overpowered and driven to the nearby airfield, where the rescue plane was already waiting. However, by this time, the elephant was beginning to revive, but having had his legs bound, he was powerless and loaded onto the plane for the flight to Nairobi.

Ololoo os loading in the vehicle to go to the rescue plane  The rescue vehicle brings Ololoo to the rescue plane

The Keepers sit with the calf in the rescue plane.jpg  Off loading the calf at the Airport

The rescue Team arives in Nairobi Wilson Airport

He arrived at the Nursery at about 5.30 p.m., and carried into the Taming Stockade, and was then untied. He had obviously been without his mother for sometime, because he was weak and very emaciated, and also passing a great number of worms in the dung. Understandably, he was initially quite aggressive, but took water from a bucket.


Anticipating a possible collapse during the night, we had all the life support aids at hand. This is usual in orphans of this age, who have undergone the stress of losing their elephant mother as well as that of being captured. The other Nursery elephants were brought back early to be fed their 6 p.m. milk feed within sight of the newcomer, so that he would know he was not alone, and gain confidence by seeing the established babies interacting with the Keepers, and taking their milk from a bottle. This had the desired affect, and amazingly, by morning the newcomer, who had been named Ololoo was taking milk from a hand-held bottle, and even sucking on the fingers of the attendant Keeper.

After being enclosed for four full days, he was de-wormed and allowed out to join the other Nursery elephants. Incredibly, Ishanga, who has hitherto been a troublesome member of the herd, instantly battened on to him, showering him with love and concern, and has remained glued to his side from that moment on. Although warmly embraced by all the females, it was Ishanga whom he took to most, and this incredible friendship has changed Ishanga’s temperament over night. From being “pushy” and a disruptive member of the herd, she has been instantly transformed into a contented and happy one. It was “love at first sight” and a miracle that has astounded us all. Perhaps, as a wild elephant, she adored an older brother of that age, whom the newcomer resembles!

Ololoo with Ishanga.jpg  Ololoo with Kalama and Peter

Ololoo with Mutara and Sities  Ololoo with Turkwel


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