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 04, 2010 Tsavo West National Park  19 months  She was seen by Community members near the Tanzania border  Poaching 

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6/11/2014 - Early in the morning, Loijuk, Makena, Buchuma, Chyulu, Kenze, Yatta, Sidai, Ithumbah, Kina, Wendi, Madiba, Lenana, Nasalot, Naserian, Challa, Rapsu, Orok, Meibai, Galana, Mulika, Mwende, Yetu, Tomboi, Sunyei, Kamboyo, Kilabasi, Zurura, Kandecha, Kilaguni, Chaimu, Olare, Suguta, Tumaren, Melia, Murka, Kibo, Kasigau and four wild elephants, were at the stockade. The orphans intermingled with the herd for around 20 minutes before leaving the stockade. Orwa enjoyed a good scratch on the nearby rocks and then Laragai led the way to the browsing field. At around 10 oíclock in the morning, the orphans dodged the keepers and disappeared. The keepers didnít locate them again until 2 oíclock in the afternoon when they were found near the mud bath. In the evening the ex-orphans came at the stockade for water.

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 Kilabasi Kilabasi with the orphans
photo taken on 7/12/2011
Kilabasi with the orphans
photo taken on 7/12/2011


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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