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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 DUPOTTO  Female  Thursday, February 6, 2014 Dupoto area of the Transmara  approximately 6 months old  Found abandoned in the Dupoto area  Reason Unknown 

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7/17/2018 - The stockade compound was flooded by graduate orphans and several wild elephants when the orphans were let out in the morning. On the way out, Pare met with Makena and exchanged morning greetings by entwining their trunks as Mteto stood aside watching and wondering how long will it take her just to reach the size of Makena, even though Makena isn’t even fully grown yet. As Mteto seemed deep in thought, Mundusi bumped her from behind and together they walked down to have some lucerne. Lualeni, who is heavily pregnant which is very exciting news, looked tired and rested her trunk on the loading wall for some time, before settling for lucerne as well. Galana refused to share the lucerne she was holding with her daughter, prompting Gawa to go and look for her own. Later, the graduate orphans escorted the juniors to the browsing field and later they wandered off elsewhere into the Park. As Rapa was going down a valley, he slipped and fell. He quickly stood up and composed himself, hoping that no one saw him. Sapalan, who is independent and never seems concerned with what is going on around him, kept himself preoccupied by feeding on his own from some bushes, and he was left behind when the others walked for their midday milk bottles at the mud bath. A Keeper went back for him and found Sapalan totally unconcerned that he was on his own, happy and content with feeding. The weather was sunny and the orphans had a spectacular wallowing session, with the exception of Kauro who is known for boycotting the wallowing exercise, no matter how hot it becomes. The Keepers told Kauro that he must have a bath since it was for his own good. Kauro was led to join his friends in the water but when he got in he just waded through the shallow part as his friends really enjoyed rolling and splashing into the water. After mud bath, the orphans went to soil dust before heading back to the browsing field. Dupotto led the way as her friends followed in a line behind her. The dependent orphans settled to browse in the upper Kalovoto area for the rest of the afternoon.

In the evening Mutara’s herd in the company of five wild bulls reported at the stockade compound to quench their day's thirst. Later, the wild elephants left after having enough water. Mutara’s group stayed behind for an hour or so before disappearing too.

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 Dopotto splashing water Dupoto having milk
Dopotto splashing water
photo taken on 9/15/2014
Dupoto having milk
photo taken on 9/15/2014


On the 9th August Angela Sheldrick was contacted by Mark Goss regarding an orphaned elephant calf rescued by KWS and the Mara Elephant Project Scouts. At that time the calf was being transported in the back of a landcruiser to the Masai Mara Kichwa Tembo airstrip to await the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rescue team. She was found abandoned in the Dupoto area in the transmara, a large forest on top of the escarpment.

The community found the elephant calf near a boma without her mother and alerted the Mara Elephant Project. The MEP rapid response team then brought her to Kichwa for collection. The flight from Nairobi to the Masai Mara is forty five minutes and the team came well prepared with milk and all the paraphernalia required for transporting the calf efficiently and effectively. In no time she was prepared for the journey to the Nairobi Nursery.

The rescue plane  The calf in the shade

The team that rescued the calf  The calf is given some milk

The reason for her being orphaned remains a mystery as a carcass had not been located in this area for over two months, and she could not have possibly survived that time without a mother at just five to six months old as a very much milk dependent calf.

Strapping the calf for the flight  The calf ready for the flight

Preparing to load the calf  The calf in the plane

The calf is placed on a drip for the flight

We named her Dupotto after the area where she was found. Once she arrived at the Nairobi Nursery she settled and began feeding well from the outset, and very fortunately did not struggle to assimilate the new milk formula. Her road has been relatively smooth physically, but Dupotto’s scars are emotional ones. She has behaved very strangely, clearly suffering psychologically from events that befell her by being excessively restless and agitated. While she was part of the junior herd she fast became a disruptive member in the group. Then she discovered Embu, rescued four days before, an older orphan of approximately 18 months old who was retrieved from the forested slopes of Mount Kenya on the Embu side of the mountain by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

The rescue plane at Wilson with its precious cargo  The calf loaded into the back of the pickup

Driving back to the Trust  The calf arrives at the Trust

Undoing the straps once in the stockade  The calf on its feet

Edwin greets the calf  Dupotto having mik

Dupotto immediately became emotionally dependent on Embu, sharing their grief both have been able to impart comfort and understanding to each other. To this day they remain firm friends. Dupotto is settling and her strange restless behavior is now much improved.

Dupotto out in the bush  Dupotto gives Embu a hug

Dupoto with Embu  Dopotto splashing water

Dupoto having milk


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