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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 NGASHA  Male  Monday, February 27, 2012 Near the town of Maungu  About 7 months old  He was seen wandering alone through Maungu Town. Community members from the area were astonished to see this tiny baby elephant on his own, causing a huge commotion amidst curious bystanders.  Reason Unknown 

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6/30/2018 - Shukuru woke up and went to her gate looking out for Ngasha, Faraja and Ziwa to see if they were ready to come out of their rooms. Ziwa went to his gate and moved forward and backward as if in reply to what Shukuru was rumbling about. Ziwa rumbled loudly too as they both waited for the keepers to come and open their gate for a new day. Murera stopped by the area where the lucerne pellets were laid out, picking some pellets to eat with Mwashoti mingling around her shoulders.

Alamaya, Lima Lima and Zongoloni took off chasing butterflies and then many orphans followed and joined them, charging around inside the forest making it hard for other babies to settle and browse with all the commotion. Ziwa, who was charging around at the front, knocked his knee on the rocks when he lost which way the butterflies had gone when they flew up in the air! As the elephants kept charging at the butterflies they stepped through some army ants that started to bite their poor feet, causing them to run up the Kenze hills for respite.

We as keepers are still very happy with Shukuruís progress so far; she is doing well with a good appetite, and beginning to put more weight. Sonje and Lima Lima are very protective and defensive of her, not allowing any of the bully boys near her.

The Two Latest Photos of NGASHA: (view gallery of pictures for NGASHA)

 The orphans crowding around the new member of their herd Patrick with Ngasha
The orphans crowding around the new member of their herd
photo taken on 10/12/2012
Patrick with Ngasha
photo taken on 10/4/2012

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: NGASHA (foster now)


On the 30th September a young male elephant calf was seen wandering alone through Maungu Town. Community members from Maungu were astonished to see this tiny baby elephant wandering frightened and bewildered, causing a huge commotion amidst curious bystanders. Thankfully the community reported the orphan to neighbouring Rukinga Ranch who mobilized their scouts and, together with the Kenyan Wildlife Service and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust team from the Voi Rehabilitation Unit, soon captured the calf.

The seven month old calf was swiftly transferred to Rukinga to await the arrival of the DSWT Nairobi rescue team by air; the young orphan was visibly stressed and, having been alone for several days, he was a little thin. At the same time the DSWT HQ got an alert of yet another orphan sighting on Galana Ranch. We sent our pilot out on Aerial Patrol in an effort to locate this orphan but sadly he was never found. The rescue team transported the orphan from Maungu to the Voi Stockades were he was successfully fed and allowed to rest while they waited for the Nairobi rescue team to land at the Tsavo East National Parks Voi airstrip.
The young orphan was soon safely accommodated in a stockade at the Nursery with the comfort of the other orphans next to him. He was showing good strength before settling down as soon as his milk was offered to him. Having been terribly dehydrated and thirsty after his ordeal he has taken incredibly well to his feeding routine and is slowly accepting his new human family.
This precious new baby boy has been named Ngasha, a name taken from a prominent hill within the Sagala-Maungu area. The community members of Maungu must be thanked for their help in rescuing Ngasha, if they hadnít reported him as quickly as they had his chances of survival would have been very slim.

The Nairobi Keepers landed at Voi  The orphan in the rescue plane

Moments after arriving at the Nursery  Patrick with Ngasha


With just over two weeks of recovery and intensive care from the Keepers and the whole team at the Nairobi Nursery Ngasha is settling in well. During his first days at the Nursery Unit he was quite reserved, a clear indication he was mourning for the loss of his beloved family. However in the last few days we have seen a remarkable improvement, not only has he gained some condition physically, he is also playing and making friends which is a sure sign he is on the road to recovery both mentally and physically.

Naipoki hugging the new arrival  Ngasha getting a warm welcome from the orphans


Ngasha goes out with the orphans for the first time  The orphans crowding around the new member of their herd

   

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