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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 NAROK  Female  Tuesday, April 5, 2011 near Narok town, Masaai Mara  About 18 months old  She was seen by the pilot on a KWS aerial patrol over the Narok/Masaai Mara area all alone, frantically trying to follow a bull who was passing nearby.  Poaching 

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8/27/2017 - Kilaguni and Chaimu were at the stockade compound when the juniors were let out. Shortly later, Bongo and Narok, who appear to have formed a group of two, joined the juniors for lucerne. Two different wild herd herds showed up for water. One group consisted of nine members while the other one had ten members. Four wild elephants with a two year old baby joined the juniors for lucerne. In the process one of the young wild elephants was knocked by another following a disagreement that only they could explain. Naseku and Boromoko had a brief chat with the two year old baby as Shukuru walked down to join the wild elephant’s drinking water.

Sokotei engaged Olsekki in a pushing game while Galla tackled Naseku. Boromoko had a lone game of soil dusting and at eleven o'clock in the morning, Ukame led the first group to the mud bath. Sixteen wild elephants attended the mud bath and wild elephant bull Half Trunk was among them. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in between Imenti and the western side of the Ithumba Hill. Olsekki took a break from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise while Tusuja engaged Lemoyian to a light pushing game. In the evening, the sun was still hot and Ukame led her friends back to the mud bath for an evening cool off. On the way she was overtaken by Shukuru. After having enough of the mud, Karisa then led the way back to the stockade. Late in the evening Orwa, Bomani and Vuria showed up for water at the stockade and left after.

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 Patrick and Guyo on the rescue plane The Keepers and Dr Mijele from the Mara Vet Unit prepare to lift the orphan into the plane
Patrick and Guyo on the rescue plane
photo taken on 10/3/2012
The Keepers and Dr Mijele from the Mara Vet Unit prepare to lift the orphan into the plane
photo taken on 10/3/2012

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: NAROK (foster now)


On October 3rd during a KWS aerial patrol over the Narok/Masai Mara area a yearling calf was spotted alone, frantically trying to follow a bull who was passing nearby, yet the calf was unable to keep up and soon fell behind. The calf was believed to have strayed from the Masai Mara National Reserve having lost its mother and elephant family, and is thought to be another sad victim of poaching driven by the demand in the Far East for ivory.



One of the KWS ground teams in the area was mobilized to search for the calf or to locate any elephants or carcasses nearby, but nothing was found. A decision was then made to give the calf one night for a possible reunion with its mother.

The following morning the aerial team managed to locate the calf who by now was still sadly alone and heading northwards in the direction of Narok town. The calf was in serious danger of straying into hostile territory and becoming yet another victim of human-wildlife conflict, as the communities within this area are not elephant-friendly due to the intensive farming which has taken root within this traditional elephant territory.

A quick decision was then made to capture it immediately and transfer it to the DSWT Nairobi Nursery for care and support, without which the calf would face imminent death.

Patrick and Guyo on the rescue plane  The Keepers and Dr Mijele from the Mara Vet Unit prepare to lift the orphan into the plane


Whilst the KWS ground team was on its way to the calf’s location, the baby was seen wandering past a local manyatta (homestead). Luckily the owner was welcoming to this small orphaned elephant and immediately reported its presence to the Kenya Wildlife Service personnel based at Narok, who were already on their way and who had already contacted the Trust’s Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit.

With aerial support in the sky, the DSWT Mobile Veterinary Unit managed to locate the calf, who had since wandered even further into thick bush during the afternoon, where it was finally successfully captured and driven to the nearest airstrip.

The orphan in the vehicle which carried her to the airstrip  Loading the orphan in the rescue plane

The orphan in the rescue plane  Narok upon arrival at the Nursery

Narok in her stockade


Having been given Sressnil, it was then loaded onto the chartered plane, which was already in situ awaiting its arrival in order to airlift it back to our Nairobi Nursery. The calf arrived at 4.30 p.m on the 4th October 2012, bringing the total number of infant elephants in our Nairobi Nursery to 25.

The calf was estimated to be about 18 months old and was a female, who was extremely fearful and wild, but who, with the input of the caring Keepers and the other Nursery elephants, hopefully will soon be sufficiently docile to take milk from a hand-held bottle, and understand that she is no longer threatened, but has been afforded a second chance of life amongst another loving human and elephant family, who will do their utmost to replace what she has lost so tragically, and who will heal her psychologically and nurture and love her as would her natural elephant family. She has been named “Narok”.

Narok in the bush with the orphan herd  Narok leading the way as the orphans head for their milk feed

   

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