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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12/31/2014 - Kainuk left the stockade in a jovial mood, expressed by swinging her trunk. Orwa lay down rolling as Laragai tried to remove something under her feet with her trunk. Bomani and Sities scratched on the nearby rocks. Half an hour after leaving the stockade, the orphans were joined by Tomboi and later the rest of the ex orphans followed. Wild born baby Yetu engaged Orwa in a pushing game but Orwa proved to be strong so Yetu surrendered. At the field, Vuria took some time off feeding and tested his strength by pushing a tree.
At mud bath time all the orphans wallowed except Orwa and Shukuru. In the afternoon, the orphans relaxed under a tree when the sun became hot and Kainuk relaxed lying down. Later the herd returned to browse. The orphans browsed calmly without incident until 4.30pm when Sities, Bongo, Mutara and Kanjoro passed Kone dam and had an evening wallowing before returning to the stockade.

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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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