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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 VURIA  Male  Thursday, January 19, 2012 Lualenyi Ranch - Taita Hills  18 months  Calf found on its own trying to join different wild herds but not able to.  Poaching 

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1/28/2019 - As soon as the orphans left the stockade compound and went out to browse, the ex-orphans Wendi, Wiva, Kinna, Sunyei, Siku, Ithumba, Vuria and two wild elephants showed up for water at the stockade water troughs. It appears that quite a lot of the water holes are drying up in the area and slowly the wild elephants are coming back for water. Six other wild elephants checked in for water after Kinna and her group left to join the dependent orphans. Siku spent some time playing with Naseku while Vuria had long chat with Olsekki.

At mud bath time, the weather was chilly and the orphans only had their milk and some water before engaging in various activities around the mud bath. Rapa challenged Galla as Oltaiyoni acted as the referee of the match. Sapalan, Kauro and Enkikwe settled for soil dusting while Namalok tackled Karisa. Later, Karisa shifted base and walked to play with Mundusi. Tusuja took advantage of the new game and jumped on Mundusi too. Olsekki joined two wild bulls drinking water as Esampu had a lone game of rolling on the ground. In the afternoon, the clouds cleared giving way to sunshine and this prompted the orphans to take a break from feeding to relax under some trees that had good shade.

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

 Kihari with Vuria Barsilinga with Vuria
Kihari with Vuria
photo taken on 8/15/2013
Barsilinga with Vuria
photo taken on 8/5/2013


On the 31st of July 2013 the Kenya Wildlife Service alerted the DSWT rescue team based in Voi of an orphaned elephant in the Taita area on Lualenyi Ranch. The calf had first been sighted on July 28th by members of the Italian Association of Experts on Africa (IAEA) who were working in the area. They monitored the calf over the following days to assess its situation and to see whether it would re-join its herd. The calf attempted to find company with a wild elephant herd followed by a group of four wild bulls, yet he soon became detached realising he didnít belong with them.

The orphaned calf  At Wilson waiting to leave for the rescue

So the decision was made on the 31st to make a report to the KWS/DSWT Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit and call in for a rescue. The message was relayed to the Nairobi Nursery and within an hour a rescue team was deployed and were en-route to Tsavo East flying from Nairobiís Wilson airport.

The rescued calf  Loading the calf into the rescue plane

On the way back to Nairobi

Meanwhile Dr Poghon, the DSWTís Kenya Wildlife Service field veterinarian had mobilised a rescue team from the Voi elephant stockades and located the calf, managing to capture the young and feisty bull and restrain him in order to get him into the vehicle and safely to the Voi airstrip where the rescue plane and the Nairobi team would meet them.
The elephant Keepers estimated the calf to be approximately twelve months old and were happy to see he was in a healthy condition, despite obviously being without his mum for some time.

The calf arrives at Wilson  The new orphan in the stockade in Nairobi

The new orphan is called Vuria

The Taita Ranches within the vast Tsavo Conservation Area is a known hotspot for poaching despite the concentrated efforts of the Kenya Wildlife Service and DSWTís anti-poaching units, so it is suspected that this orphaned elephant lost itís mother to poaching.
Arriving at the Nairobi Nursery in the late evening the calf was taken into a stockade next to the other orphans and fed well on milk despite being aggressive towards the Keepers. Thanks to the influence of those around him Vuria tamed down fast. He was named after the beautiful Taita Hill's tallest peak, in the shadow of which he was found and rescued.

Lemoyian greeting Vuria  Naipoki greeting Vuria

It was not long before Vuria joined the ever growing Nursery orphan herd and although a little stressed initially the speed in which he completely calmed down and fell into the routine was amazing for all to see. In a few days Vuria is now one of the family, still obviously sad by the loss of his beloved family, but relieved to have found another family, both two legged and four.

Vuria is let out of the stockade  Barsilinga with Vuria

Vuria with Naipoki  Vuria with James Kariuki

Vuria enjoying time out  Vuria browsing

Kihari with Vuria


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