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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KITHAKA  Male  Saturday, November 12, 2011 Imenti Forest  Approximately 1 week old  He wandered into a village adjacent to the Imenti Forest  Panic Separation / Stampede 

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6/28/2016 - It was a quiet and a peaceful morning as the orphans left the stockade and settled for lucerne without disturbance from an outsider. Only Tomboi joined them briefly for lucerne and water before heading out again. The orphans settled to browse in Kanziku area. Barsilinga settled to browse close to Lemoyian and from time to time took some grass from Lemoyian’s mouth. Lemoyian wasn't happy about this and so moved away to avoid any conflict with Barsilinga. He settled to browse close to Orwa instead, knowing that if Barsilinga followed him and started misbehaving, Orwa would handle the situation.

At mud bath time, the juniors were joined by eight wild bulls, Olare’s group and Murata’s group as well. It was a peaceful interaction as the wild bulls participated in wallowing with the juniors and later shared water without any problem. Only Bomani, Kithaka, Orwa, Barsilinga and Garzi boycotted the wallowing exercise. Bomani spend some time in a strength testing exercise with Kandecha but quit when the going got tough. Melia played with Vuria and their game ended soon when Vuria surrendered. Later Vuria and Chemi Chemi had a lengthy pushing game while still in the water. After mud bath, Olare and Mutara’s groups joined the orphans for afternoon. In the evening Shukuru, Vuria, Barsilinga and Laragai spent some time in a soil dusting exercise. Shortly before six o'clock in the evening Yatta and Mulika’s groups passed by the stockade where they drank water before leaving again.

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 Kithaka and Zoom Out in the forest with the others
Kithaka and Zoom
photo taken on 12/7/2011
Out in the forest with the others
photo taken on 12/3/2011


This tiny newborn male calf was orphaned during the morning of 20th November, 2011, apparently left by his mother when she and her herd were chased out of an area of human settlement near the Ruiri outpost in the lower Imenti Forest. The calf wandered into an adjacent village searching for company from whence KWS Rangers rescued him. Due to the terrain and dense forest conditions reuniting him with his herd would prove impossible, so we were contacted by the Senior Warden Mount Kenya with the news of a rescue. The calf was transported to the Lewa airfield so that he could be airlifted from there to the Nairobi Nursery, arriving in torrential rain, well after dark.

Flying over the tea plantations en route to Lewa from Nairobi  En route to Lewa from Nairobi

Lewa Downs  A tiny form on the airstrip.jpg

The tiny calf is given some milk before the flight to Nairobi.

This baby is tiny, no more than, and possibly even less, than a week old on arrival, the hind side of the ears soft and petal pink and the umbilicus newly detached. We hope that he has been able to ingest her first Colostrum milk to trigger his natural immune system. He has been named Kithaka the Meru word for forest. He is a real character, larger than life and full of attitude and, of course, is absolutely adored by the older orphans in the Nursery.

Wrapped up safely for the journey.  Safely in the plane.j

  Protective hands

Peter on the flight  Keepers Peter and Sammy.jpg

Safely at the nursery.  Kithaka being tucked up

Kithaka in his stable.jpg  Out in the forest with the others

Kithaka and Zoom


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