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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7/30/2017 - The area around the water trough was full of elephants this morning. The Ex Orphans were mixed among wild elephants too. The dependent orphans came out of their stockades and Barsilinga and Kithaka scratched their necks to remove some insects that were annoying them.The orphans then walked out to the Park whilst the wild elephants and Ex Orphans remained to drink water.
The orphans were busy browsing all morning with Shukuru apparently in a very active mood. Enkikwe and Siangiki led the group to the mudbath for their milk and after all the orphans played in the mud. Wild elephants and Ex Orphans arrived too and joined them. Kithaka started scratching on the bent tree in the mudbath. Wendi was at mud bath as well as Kinna, her baby Kama, Galana, her baby Gawa, Yatta and Mulika with their babies too. Kama was the most active baby of all and the Keepers played with her as she tried to socialise with them a bit. Wiva was trying to charge at the Keepers and Gawa was being shy and walking away. Kama was trying to scratch on the cement seat near the mud bathbut she was too short to reach it.

Back in the bush the orphans were happily browsing in a greener area which always keeps them preoccupied with feeding. However it soon became too hot for them and they were forced to pass by the mudbath again in the afternoon to cool down.They all played vigorously in the water and later came out to make their way back home in the evening for their milk.

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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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