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 3, 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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5/31/2016 - Tomboi and two wild elephants were at the stockade compound having a drink of water when the orphans were let out of their stockades. Siangiki, Enkikwe and Olsekki walked down to the water but hesitant to join Tomboi and the wild bull for a drink but after a few minutes Enkikwe was brave enough to go and join the two at the water trough while Olsekki and Siangiki rejoined their friends who were feeding on lucerne. A short while the wild bulls left and Tomboi with Enkikwe joined the rest of the orphans for some Lucerne after which Tomboi returned to the water trough followed by Siangiki, Olsekki and Enkikwe. Narok enjoyed a pushing game with Orwa after which Orwa mounted Narok while Teleki engaged Vuria in a strength testing game and Bomani took on Lemoyian.

At the browsing field Siangiki spent most of her time browsing with Laragai. Vuria met with Bongo and remembered that they hadn't tested their strength today and as such the two quickly locked their trunks in a pushing game. At mud bath time Enkikwe and Olsekki ran to the mudbath together with their second milk bottle dropping them only after they had downed the bottles contents after which they entered the water.

A short while after the orphans had drank the milk feed the juniors were joined by the partially independent groups (Olare, Chaimu and Makireti’s groups). Chemi Chemi engaged Orwa in a pushing game which Orwa after which he went to try his luck with Kitirua, a match that he also lost. In defeat he went and joined the rest of the orphans who were enjoying a soil dusting exercise.

In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse at the Kanziku area. Teleki teamed up with Laragai for the afternoon browsing session. In the evening Barsilinga and Bongo stopped feeding to enjoy a soil dusting exercise before the orphan herd returned to the stockades for the night.

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