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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9/29/2016 - It was a cold morning today after we got some drizzle of rain last night. The rain was very welcome but the orphans were not very active today because of the cold. They came down to lucerne field after their breakfast and found some wild elephants drinking water down in the troughs. The wild group didnít stay long but they left after they had drunk enough. Shukuru and Narok walked to the troughs to drink some water before they left. The others followed them and headed to the bush afterwards.

In the bush Orwa scratched behind his ears while Lemoyian and Laragai test their strength by play fighting. Lemoyian and Bomani were also play fighting. Bomani later started climbing on Olsekki and Kithaka later led them to the mudbath for their lunch milk.

At mudbath, only two big wild bulls came for water. Bongo was the only one who played in the mudbath. Later on he started rolling on the ground and finally he started play fighting with Kithaka. The group later headed back to the bush. There they met a single wild bull who scared the orphans but later he ran away. Later on, Barsilinga led the group back home in the evening.

Back in the stockade, we had only one wild bull at the water hole with Mutaraís group. They came in the late evening to drink water and left a bit later.

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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