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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5/27/2016 - Soon after leaving the stockade in the morning, Garzi and Lemoyian exchanged morning greetings in the form of a pushing game. Siangiki and Olsekki stood under the only remaining acacia tree in the stockade compound and stretched their trunks up in an effort to pluck the acacia leaves. Barsilinga walked to them and extended his trunk in greeting towards Olsekki and Siangiki. Mutara and her group joined the juniors at the stockade compound where Kanjoro engaged Teleki in a pushing game as Narok played with Lemoyian.

Once out in the browsing field Olsekki, Siangiki and Enkikwe spent much of their time feeding close to Narok who happens to have come from the same area as the three new babies. At mud bath time Olsekki, Siangiki and Enkikwe headed straight for a wallow after having drunk their milk. The three were joined by Teleki, Narok, Bongo, Shukuru and Bomani while Kithaka opted for a soil dusting exercise. Bongo and Teleki were the last to leave the mudwallow after which the two boys staged enjoyed some strength testing games. As the orphans were preparing to leave the mudbath area ten wild bulls came for a drink of water. Olsekki scratched his ear against Siangiki as Mutara rumbled loudly to signal the herd that it was time to go back to the browsing field at which point Garzi briefly engaged Barsilinga in a pushing game before following their friends.

In the afternoon, Olsekki settled to browse With Vuria, but left when Vuria started taking vegetation from his mouth and he chose to browse close to Narok instead. He was soon joined by Siangiki and Enkikwe. In the evening Yatta and Mulika’s groups in the company of six bulls and a wild herd consisting of females reported for water at the stockade compound.

The Two Latest Photos of KITHAKA: (view gallery of pictures for KITHAKA)

 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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