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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KILABASI  Female  Monday, January 4, 2010 Tsavo West National Park  19 months  She was seen by Community members near the Tanzania border  Poaching 

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7/29/2018 - Nasalot and her small group consisting of baby Nusu, Galana, baby Gawa, Loijuk, Bongo, Teleki, Kilabasi, Makireti, Lenana and Meibai joined the juniors for lucerne in the morning. After lucerne time, Maramoja rumbled as she made her way to the browsing field. The rest of the herd followed her. Nasalotís group browsed with juniors the entire morning. For a while now, Yatta and the rest of the senior graduate orphans haven't shown up at stockade and we hope wherever they are they have enough water.

At mud bath and midday milk feeding, the orphans were joined by a junior wild bull who shared water with them and later left with Nasalotís group. Mundusi, Mteto and Esampu had a spectacular wallowing session. Mundusi specifically enjoyed sitting in the water and splashing around with his trunk, a game he enjoyed for some time. In the evening, Sapalan again hid and dodged the Keepers. The rest of the group returned back to the stockade without him but the Keepers soon realized and half of them went back to look for him. Half an hour later, Sapalan emerged from the eastern side of stockade in a slow measured walk like someone who knew exactly where he was going. The Keepers were still looking for him in the bush and were informed over the radio that Sapalan had arrived on his own. He likes to do everything in his own time!

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 Kilabasi goes out with the Nursery orphans and Keepers Kilabasi
Kilabasi goes out with the Nursery orphans and Keepers
photo taken on 7/12/2011
Kilabasi
photo taken on 7/12/2011

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: KILABASI (foster now)


Villagers of Chala, near the Tsavo Tanzanian border, spotted the lone elephant calf coming from the Tanzania side. They had seen a large herd migrating from Tsavo West National Park into Tanzania a few days previously, and it is assumed that this orphan is another poaching casualty. The calf, aged between one and two years old was still milk dependent, and was very emaciated, with no chance of survival without access to milk. It had obviously been without its mother for sometime.

The villagers from the community who now occupy what has always been an ancient traditional elephant migratory passage between Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania, are certainly not known to be ele-friendly, since inevitably there is a great deal of human/wildlife conflict in the area. Believing that all elephants pose a risk, the villagers reported the presence of the calf to the Maktau KWS Community Officer, who in turn got in touch with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Ziwani anti-poaching De-Snaring team operating in the region. By the time the Team arrived to rescue the orphan, it had retreated into thick bush, so the Trustís Voi Elephant Keepers were summoned to come and assist. Together they managed to locate and capture the calf during the late afternoon of the 7th July, 2011 with hordes of curious community members watching from afar.

The orphan just before capture  Kilabasi just captured by the Voi Keepers

Kilabasi on arrival late in the night at Voi



The calf, a female just over a year old, was bruised, dehydrated and weak but still strong enough to put up quite a struggle. Having been overpowered and bound, she was transported in the back of a Pickup to the Trustís Voi Elephant Stockades, fed water, and spent the night in a Stockade with the other Keeper Dependent orphans nearby, all of whom reached through the separating bars to comfort and touch her. The next day a chartered rescue plane was not available until 2 p.m. so it was only in the late evening of July 8th that she reached the Nairobi Nursery, having been immobilized for the flight. The KWS Vet Dr. Poghon attached to the Trustís Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit was on hand to administer the revival drug, after which the orphan got to its feet. We feared the usual bloating which results from the slowing of the metabolism due to the immobilizing drug, which can put pressure on vital body organs should the calf collapse during the night, thereby compromising survival. Fortunately, however, the new baby managed to survive the night, and began taking milk from a bottle the next morning. We are therefore cautiously optimistic that she will make it.

Dr Poghon checks on Kilabasi  Kilabasi is put on drip

The little calf in the stockade at Voi, before being taken to the airstrip  The Voi Keepers bring the calf to the Voi airstrip for the rescue plane

The orphan is loaded on the rescue plane  Julius with the orphan on the rescue plane

Off loading the calf at Wilson Ariport



She has been named Kilabasi, the name of a large hill in the area. She will spend several days in the Nursery Taming Stockade before being allowed out to join the others, first having been de-wormed. The arrival of this new orphan brings the number currently in the Nursery to 14, the 3rd orphan elephant to have been brought in during the month of July 2011.

Kilabasi out for 1st time  Kilabasi out for 1st time

Kilabasi  Kilabasi with the orphans



Kilabasi  Kilabasi

Kilabasi goes out with the Nursery orphans and Keepers




   

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