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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10/31/2016 - Thirty wild elephants were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when the orphans were let out. The orphans settled for their lucerne and were soon joined by a wild female with her two daughters and a bull that kept on trumpeting so as to scare the keepers away. When the lucerne was finished, Orwa walked to the water trough where he joined a wild bull to drink water. Orwa walked to play with a four year old wild elephant. As their play fight was in progress, a sister to Orwa's play mate intervened and pushed Orwa away which was a way of defending her sibling since she saw Orwa determined to win. Orwa surrendered and ran away. In the browsing field, Garzi rolled on the ground while Bomani engaged Olsekki in a strength testing exercise. Bongo played with Vuria and later Vuria attempted to climb on Bongo. Orwa tackled Barsilinga, a game that ended quite soon after Barsilinga surrendered.

At mud bath time, only one bull showed up and soon after drinking water he moved several meters away and started feeding on an acacia tree. Lemoyian and Garzi participated in a soil dusting exercise soon after wallowing while Kithaka charged at a monkey that was passing a few meters away. The orphans stopped briefly on their way to the browsing field to have a chat with a wild bull. The wild bull was polite and allowed the orphans to surround him. He broke an acacia branch for them which the orphans happily feasted on. Later, the orphans bid the wild bull goodbye and headed to Kanziku area where they settled to browse.

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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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