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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5/31/2017 - Garzi left the stockade with a branch in his mouth that he continued to feed on while enjoying scratching on the nearby rocks. Oltaiyoni had a brief chat with Olsekki as Enkikwe tried to pull some grass from Sirimon's mouth. The orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area until it was time for their next milk bottle at the mud bath. Barsilinga, Lemoyian, Shukuru, Sirimon, Siangiki, Vuria and Oltaiyoni really enjoyed the mud bath at length. Sokotei engaged Bomani in a strength testing exercise as Olsekki played with Garzi. Sokotei decided to take a break to roll on the ground but as soon as he went down on his knees Bomani was quick to throw himself on top of him. Olsekki came to Sokoteiís and both of them ganged up to fight Bomani. After mud bath, Lemoyian engaged Kithaka in a pushing game that lasted unil Lemoyian surrendered. Shortly after the orphans returned back to the browsing field, the Ex orphans in the company of eight wild bulls reported. Mutara and Chaimuís groups were not there and we are still hopeful our new arrivals Kelelari, Dupotto and Karisa are with them. The Ex Orphans left two hours later after enough wallowing.

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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