The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: ORWA  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 ORWA  Male  Friday, December 03, 2010 Orwa community land near Nasalot and South Turkana National Reserve  About one year old  He was rescued by KWS after being spotted alone by members of the Orwa community  Poaching 

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3/31/2015 - Kanjoro was the first one to leave the stockade. Laragai waited until the keepers started distributing the lucerne, then instead of using the gate to access the place where they feed on lucerne, Laragai used a shortcut. she knelt down and went under the fence. The keepers only knew she had gone under the fence when they heard the wires clicking. Laragai then pretended to be busy going round picking the lucerne. Unfortunately she happened to bump on Kanjoro. Kanjoro was upset by Laragai and decided to teach her a lesson by turning to push her. Before he could turn, Laragai had sensed danger and she was long gone. As they wandered away from their night stockades to face the day Orwa knelt down with his fore legs and dug at the damp soil using his tusks. Vuria played with Teleki as Garzi stood aside and watched the two and their pushing game.

After Shukuru and Teleki finished taking their milk, they resorted to sucking their trunks as they walked towards mud bath. This is when we are reminded that they are still just little babies. The weather was sunny but only the water baby bathed, Bongo. As the orphans walked back to the bush, two wild elephants emerged from the western side of the mud bath and headed straight to drink water. Sities and Garzi browsed together and then wandered closer to the big bulls and watched from a distance. When the sun got hotter, the pair moved to a shade where they relaxed for some time before resuming to browse. Turkwel paired with her best friend Kainuk while Mutara browsed a distance away from the rest of the dependent herd. In the evening, the orphans had mudbath and all had a cool down before proceeding to their night stockades to settle down and have a good rest and sleep safe from harms way.

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 Orwa Orwa being greeted by Tano
Orwa
photo taken on 12/1/2011
Orwa being greeted by Tano
photo taken on 12/1/2011

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: ORWA (foster now)


On the 29th of November we got a phone call from the Senior Warden of South Turkana Game Reserve about an elephant orphan found in the Orwa area near the Reserve boundary. As the call came in late in the evening, the rescue Team had to wait until the next morning to leave for the flight. KWS Rangers captured the calf and kept him overnight until the Keepers could fly could get there the following day.

Stephen & Julius at the airport  Scenes from the flight





On the morning of the 30th November 2011 the Keepers flew to the area and rescued the calf who is estimated to be about one year old, obviously a victim of either poaching or “problem animal control”. He had been without his mother for some time, and in an advanced state of emaciation upon arrival. As an orphan alone and in such feeble condition, he had obviously been harassed by small predators – perhaps Turkana domestic dogs or jackals, who inflicted superficial bite wounds on his body.

The KWS men involved in the rescue  Orwa with his rescuers

The KWS Rangers and Keepers near the rescue plane  Stephen

The Keepers prepare the orphan for the flight to Nairobi  Orwa before loaded in the plane

The Keepers tie the orphans legs so he will not try to stand in the plane  The orphan is ready to be loaded in the plane


Juluis with the orphan on thep lane



So relieved was he to suddenly find empathy and caring company, (albeit from what to him must have been perceived as ‘the enemy’), that from the onset he was sucking on the Keepers’ hands, taking milk and entrusting himself into their care.

The Keepers with the orphan on the way from the airport to the Nursery  Off loading the calf at the Nursery

Orwa in his stockade  Orwa feeding


Orwa with Julius


This is very unusual for an orphan of his age, often signaling the end, so we were surprised to find that he had even survived the first night in the Nursery without descending into a coma and having to be put on life support. Very few elephants remain in that extremely harsh and arid desert environment which is riddled with gun-toting Pokot and Turkana tribesmen, most of whom are anything but ele-friendly.

From the start, Orwa was a loner, deeply saddened and depressed over the loss of his elephant mother and family, choosing to stay apart from the other orphans, and trailing behind them, the epitome of misery, dejection and severe emaciation. Since his stools were problematical, he underwent an oral course of Suphadimidine, and since then has improved, now able to get up from a sleeping position without help. We are hopeful that time and tender loving care will heal this tough little elephant from the lava wastes of the South Turkana Game Reserve both psychologically and physically.

Orwa  Orwa with Naipoki and Julius

Orwa being greeted by Tano  Orwa with Sities

Orwa with Sities and Kithaka


Orwa with Julius  Orwa with the herd of orphans

   

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