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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8/19/2018 - It was a busy morning as we were visited by three big wild bulls who came to drink water in the stockade. Chemi Chemi was washed and treated but still felt very tense and stiff so that he did not want to be touched too much. Turkwel was very calm and allowed the Keepers to wash and treat her wounds. The dependent orphans mingled with the graduate orphans from Mutara and Olare's group who were waiting for the orphans just outside the stockade. We had a sleepless night as Chemi Chemi broke the gate at night and let the whole group out so we spent the whole night out watching over everyone. Chemi Chemi tried several times to leave the group but the Keepers returned him back to the group, even when he became grumpy and tried to charge at them. Soon he settled down and at least he could browse unlike yesterday when he was still in too much pain. Turkwel is doing very well and has got used to keeping the same routine as the dependent orphans. Her wounds are also healing very well.

Out in the bush during the day, Chemi Chemi was browsing with Tumaren, his friend and the one who saved him. Karisa and Maramoja were play-fighting. Namalok was also playing with Tusuja. Kithaka later led the group to the mud bath for their milk. Some decided to wallow in the water hole, including Chemi Chemi, and he splashed some mud on his wounds. Tumaren scratched her neck on a tree stump. The rest walked back to the bush for browsing. Back in the bush, Galla was very active while browsing and browsed with his ears held wide open. Turkwel and the rest of the group were hiding under the shade of some trees as it was very hot. When the group started to walk back to the bush later, they decided to have some fun in the muddy area along the road with Esampu rolling on the ground and kneeling down while playing. When they were done, the group walked back to the stockades for the night.

In the stockades, Chemi Chemi broke the gate again as early as 6:30pm. We repaired it temporarily and let him back in, but he became very restless. He tried to get through the wires again and the Keepers decided to let him out and watch over him out in the bush where at least he was more settled.

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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