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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8/30/2014 - Early in the morning 25 wild elephants were outside the stockade waiting for water. At six o'clock in the morning, the orphans were let out and immediately they were joined by a baby, mother and it's sister in feeding of lucerne. Shortly later Suguta and her team arrived and joined the juniors in feeding of lucerne.
The wild baby that always plays with the orphans whenever he is around, started his game of pushing which ever orphan came close to him. First it was Kanjoro then Laragai ,Teleki and later Orwa. The baby didn't get enough from the four orphans and then went to push Mutara. Mutara didn't waste time with the baby but knocked it to the ground. The baby that appears to be very strong headed didn't learn any lesson from Mutara and immediately but opted to try Makireti not knowing that she is another potentially grumpy prospect. The baby was pushed hard again. Finally it was Murka who knocked the baby down once he came pushing her. Finally the baby decided to quit after being pushed down three times and went to drink water with the big wild bulls. Amazingly the family did not react, probably understanding that their spoilt child needed some discipline and it was a good lesson being delivered!

Kamboyo,who accompanies Suguta’s team had a lovely time of enjoying a pushing game with a wild boy.

The orphans settled at Kone area for browsing. Vuria took some time off from feeding to scratch on the near by rocks.
At mud bath time the weather was chilly and the orphans didn't participate in wallowing. Yatta and Mulika groups in the company of several wild bulls reported at mud bath simply to drink water. Ziwa and Bomani opted to browse at mud bath while Teleki and Narok tested their strength through pushing as Bongo and Sities did soil dusting. Later,the orphans returned back to browsing where they browsed throughout without any major observation. In the evening as usual Sabachi came for his milk and spent the night in the stockade.

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


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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