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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1/30/2017 - Makireti, Kilaguni, Kasigau, Kilabasi and Chaimu reported at the stockade compound early before dawn. The five junior Ex Orphans joined the orphans soon when they were let out. Sokotei, Boromoko, Lemoyian, Roi and Oltaiyoni started their day activities by scratching on the nearby rocks. Shukuru headed for water and later moved a distance away for a soil dusting exercise as she rumbled to signal her friends that it was time to leave for browsing before the sun got hot. Kamok heeded the call and led the rest of group in walking to join Shukuru. At the browsing field, Roi took a break from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise. At eleven o'clock in the morning when it was time for mud bath, the orphans were joined by a wild bull that shared water with them so peacefully. Four warthogs emerged from the nearby bushes and scared Oltaiyoni. Kithaka spotted the warthogs and decided to scare them away! The warthogs kept dodging Kithaka and at one stage, Narok tried to help Kithaka in driving the warthogs away but to no avail. The warthogs stood their ground making Kithaka and Narok give up. In the afternoon, the sun was still hot making Kamok and Kauro want to relax under trees. Later, the orphans settled to browse in the lower Kalovoto area where Tusuja, Sokotei and Sirimon decided to cool off by getting into a pool of water in the seasonal Kalovoto River. In the evening, the Ex Orphans reported for water at the stockade compound. Shortly after the Ex Orphans left, ten wild elephants reported for water as well.

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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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