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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MASHARIKI  Female  Monday, May 21, 2012 Sobo area Tsavo East National Park  15 months old  Found on her own weak and near collapse  Reason Unknown 

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9/27/2018 - It was a wonderful beginning to the day as the orphans concentrated onto their milk and supplement feeding before leaving the stockades to go out and browse. The orphan elephants browsed in single file on the northern side of the stockade with Ishaq-B, Embu and Panda teaming up in in an effort to snatch little Tahri and Araba from Ndii and Kenia. The two older girls stayed with their adopted babies, thwarting their friend’s plans.

The orphans visited the baobab water hole where they had a brief bath before proceeding to the northern side of Msinga Hill where they settled to browse under the shade of an acacia tree. Lasayen decided to start pushing a fallen dead tree trunk to get it to fall over. Mashariki was watching him and was perhaps annoyed at what he was doing as she walked over and started trying to push him! We think this was to get him to stop pushing the tree.

Kenia and Ndii then took charge wanting to lead the orphans towards the big water hole to browse. Mbegu tried to ignore their lead, and led her group further uphill while Lentili, Bada and Arruba headed in the opposite direction. Kenia and Ndii gave up their browsing ideas and instead settled to browse between the two groups.

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 Mashariki and Murera Balguda and Faraja with Mashariki in the middle
Mashariki and Murera
photo taken on 8/30/2013
Balguda and Faraja with Mashariki in the middle
photo taken on 8/29/2013


The orphaned calf was sited alone by a Tour Driver on the 21st August 2013 in the Sobo area of Tsavo East National Park by a Tour Driver. The tour driver monitored the calf for a while and saw that it was staggering and in a state of collapse. Its location was passed on to the Voi Elephant Keepers who immediately mounted a rescue and having driven to the area, spotted the orphan after an hour’s search. It was very weak and easily captured.

Tsavo is very dry at present and there is not much to sustain a baby elephant without it’s mother. The Nairobi DSWT team, having waited for confirmation that the calf had been located by the Voi team, departed Wilson airport at about 3.30pm. The Voi team had driven to Aruba airstrip and secured the elephant ready to be brought back to Nairobi. The Nairobi Team arrived at the Aruba airfield at about 4.45pm where the race was on to get the baby onto the plane and back to Wilson before dark. She was quickly loaded, given Stresnil to calm her and put on a saline drip for rehydration.

The keepers leaving Nairobi to go get the calf  The calf in the pickup at the airstrip

  The calf's legs are secured for the flight

Loading the calf into the plane  The calf is loaded into the plane

The Voi keepers rescue team

The plane touched down at Wilson at 7pm just before it became completely dark and the baby elephant was transferred onto the waiting DSWT pickup for the short journey back to the Nursery. Unfortunately rush hour traffic and ongoing road works conspired to make what should have been a quick 15 minute journey into a 1 hour 15 minute slog. The keepers were masterful at restraining the excitement emanating from surrounding vehicles, the passengers of which were agog at the sight of an elephant, albeit a baby, on the back of a pick-up. Finally, at 8.30pm, everyone arrived home safe and sound.

The calf in the plane on the flight to Nairobi  The calf loaded into the trust pickup at wilson

The calf arrives at the nursery  The calf is carried into the stocakde

The calf is placed into the stockade  The young calf in the stockade

The calf on her feet in the stockade

The newcomer, a female, is estimated to be about 15 months old, and has been named “Mashariki” the Swahili word for “East” in order to denote her origin as Tsavo East National Park. Sobo would have been chosen, as the location where the baby had been found, but there had previously already been an orphan of this name. The baby is severely emaciated, as are many that come in of her age, who have been without mother’s milk for some time. She has a swelling on her underbelly which will be investigated further once she has tamed down.

Mashariki having a bottle of milk at visiting  Balguda and Faraja with Mashariki in the middle

Mashariki at visiting  Mashariki and Murera


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