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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KASIGAU  Male  Monday, July 6, 2009 Kasigau massif between Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Park  About 2 years and 4 months  Was seen by the Kiwanjani Lodge Manager who reported the sighting to DSWT  Poaching 

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11/23/2018 - It was a very cloudy morning today as the orphans walked down to the Lucerne feeding area with fear of being rained on. Enkikwe, Turkwel, Sapalan and Lemoyian received their food separately so they could be treated before walking out to the bush. Mutara's group visited the stockades and joined the orphans. We had Mutara, Sities, Kainuk, Kanjoro, Suguta and Kasigau. Turkwel was very happy to see them. They all shared the lucerne with the dependent orphans before they all left for the bush.

All the orphans concentrated on browsing and filling their tummies. Kamok stretched high to reach the nice leaves. Galla was throwing dust on his back while Mundusi and Sapalan were busy browsing. Kithaka, the naughty boy, was not left out as he was busy browsing too.

At the mud bath today it was very cold and no one played in the water. Those still milk dependent had their milk bottles and walked straight back out to continue browsing. Olsekki and Siangiki were busy browsing together as usual. You can't separate the two in any way! Barsilinga was also very active today as he's happy to have the company from Mutara's herd. Turkwel later walked away with Mutara’s herd as that was her original group, and perhaps they came by today to see if she was ready to rejoin them after having her tail operation. The Keepers returned her back to the dependent group but again she followed Mutara’s herd, so she left with them.

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 Kasigau Kasigau
Kasigau
photo taken on 9/26/2011
Kasigau
photo taken on 9/26/2011

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: KASIGAU (foster now)


On the 22rd September 2011 a young elephant calf strayed into the grounds of Kiwanjani Lodge near the Kasigau massif within the Tsavo Conservation region between Tsavo West and East – an ancient migratory corridor between Tsavo East and West and a hotspot for both poaching as well as what is known as “problem animal control” since it is now populated by a human and very anti elephant community. Many orphans from this area come in with spear wounds and this calf was, sadly, no exception. Apparently, it had been seen attempting to attach itself to several wild herds, but had been repeatedly rejected, until in desperation it came to the Lodge in an emaciated condition seeking human protection and, hopefully, help. It was obviously an orphan, aged about 2 years, believed to be another poaching victim who had obviously been without its mother for some time. It had a deep arrow wound in the top of the trunk.
The Lodge Manager, who happened to have been a Trust Volunteer in the past, reported the presence of the orphaned calf to Dr. Poghorn, the KWS Vet attached to the Trust’s Mobile Veterinary Unit who alerted the Voi Elephant Keepers and the Trust’s anti-poaching Ziwani De-Snaring Team that a rescue was on the cards. Meanwhile the injured calf had disappeared into thicket, but was spotted again early in the morning of the 23rd September, when the rescue was mounted.

Loading the orphan in the rescue plane  Preparing to lift the calf into the plane

The keepers give the calf an anti-bitic injection  Lifting the irohan into the plane





The Rescuers converged on the area where the calf had last been seen, and managed to locate and capture it. It was a young bull aged about 2 ˝ years with short tusks, but weakened through milk deprivation. Once it’s legs were bound, the trunk wound which was deep and suppurating, was hurriedly cleaned and the calf given a long acting antibiotic before being driven to the nearest airfield to be airlifted to the Trust;s Nairobi Elephant Nursery. It arrived just after noon – a young 2 ˝ year old who has been named “Kasiagau”.

Kasigau in the rescue vehicle  His arrival at the Nursery

Kasigau  Kasigau's arrow wound cleaned with green clay

Understandably, he was very aggressive, with sufficient strength to keep the Keepers at bay, but unable to rise from a recumbent position without help. He has yet to take milk, but is eating greens and has taken water. The next few days will determine whether this latest orphan will have a second chance of life.

Kasigau with Adan  Kasigau

Kasigau with Adan


Kasigau meets the orphans  Kasigau in the bush

Kasigau with the orphans  Kasigau with the Keepers & orphans

   

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