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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 LEWA  Male  May 1997 Lewa Downs  1 year old  Herd poached ouside of Lewa Downs where he was eventually found  Poaching 

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7/1/2015 - The orphans left their stockades in a joyful mood and paired off to play some games before heading to the bush. Murit played with Kamok, Dupotto with Mbegu, and Boromoko with Mwashoti. The older girls were busy charging around and trumpeting excitedly. After the stockade games the orphans headed out to the bush for the day.

A little before the public visit we received a call from Lewa Downs about an orphan in need of rescue. The calf had fallen down a well at the Sera Conservancy. A rescue team was arranged, arriving at the Sera airstrip a little before 3pm. They found the calf already restrained in the back of a land cruiser and administered some first aid to the wounds it received when it fell down the well. The baby was then loaded into the plane before being flown to Nairobi, arriving at the Trust a little before 5pm. The young calf was very tired and confused and following his ordeal was very subdued and we allowed it to rest.

Today Tusuja was taken out in the afternoon to be with the rest of the orphans in the bush. Mbegu and Kauro escorted him out of his stockade and took him to join the rest of the group. While out in the forest Arruba, Mashariki, Oltaiyoni, Mbegu and Roi showered him with affection, never leaving his side as they all tried to get to know him better. Embu and Rorogoi were not as welcoming and tried to bully him and Rorogoi was able to push him to the ground. She was reprimanded by Arruba who chased both him and Embu away.

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

 Uaso and Lewa Uaso with Lewa infront
Uaso and Lewa
photo taken on 6/1/2001
Uaso with Lewa infront
photo taken on 6/1/2001


Lewa was a male calf born in Samburu country in May 1997, probably orphaned through poaching beyond the boundaries of Lewa Downs Private Ranch when he was aged 1 year. He was taken straight to the Voi Unit, bypassing the Nairobi Nursery, where he was taken into the fold of Malaika’s herd. He was often seen in the company of Edo and Uaso, as well as Imenti. As he got older he looked up to his 'big brother' Ndume, as elephant bulls do in order to learn from them and eventually leave the matriarchal fold.

Lewa 4 years old  Malaika and Lewa

Uaso and Lewa

On the 5th October 2001 Ndume, Imenti and Lewa were moved from their Tsavo East home; tranquilized, loaded into huge travelling crates, and transported to the lush Ngulia Valley in Tsavo West National Park, l00 miles away, a place where both food and water is plentiful, the vegetation more lush due to a higher rainfall, and where other elephants are also plentiful, particularly even bigger "Big Boys" - those huge bulls for which Tsavo has always been famous. The story is well documented in the update “The Saga of Imenti, Ndume and Lewa - 1/9/2002”. Ndume had started to wonder into surrounding community areas and recently taken his young charges and admirers, Lewa and Imenti with him. We knew they had to be moved and were confident that the three bulls would take to their new surroundings, thereby relieving us of an on-going "headache"! Their move is documented on our web site, and went smoothly, but for the fact that Ndume ran as soon as he was released from the Travelling Crate, fearing another darting, and Imenti and Lewa ran after the departing vehicle which took their Keepers from them.

Ndume managed no small feat by walking back home to the Voi stockades, navigating 100 miles of completely foreign terrain, despite having been transported sedated and enclosed in a wooden crate. His journey entailed crossing the main Nairobi - Mombasa road and railway line, and the Tsavo River itself at the height of the dry season. When he turned up at the Stockades a little while later to announce to the Keepers and his orphan friends that he was back, he received a joyous welcome from all, both four legged and two. A few months later Imenti had to be walked back to the Voi Unit after he had started causing trouble, which turned out to be just his way of looking for company and friendship having lost the company of his other two elephant friends.

Nearly five years of age, and sociable by nature, Lewa was quite used to waltzing into the wild herds, and, indeed, did so almost on a daily basis back home in Tsavo East. Imenti was older and lacking in confidence and was having difficulty integrating into the wild female herds, now at an age when he should be with the bulls. Lewa managed to integrate himself into the wild herds in Tsavo East and is living a full and happy wild life.

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