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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 BADA  Male  Monday, August 20, 2012 Galana Conservancy  2 years old  Found on his own  Reason Unknown 

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Most Recent Keeper's Diary Entry: (view all the latest entries for BADA)

5/22/2018 - It was Mbegu, Ndotto, and Lasayen’s second day at the Voi reintegration station and following a peaceful night they were ready to begin the day. Mbegu, Ndotto, Lasayen and Tahri were the first to take their milk bottle as they slept in the same stockade. The three arrivals chose to stay close to the keepers while occasionally interacting with the resident Voi orphan elephants.

After browsing for more than four hours, the small family unit that was joined by Panda and Kihari on the 20th, came to join the orphan elephants on Msinga Hill. On closer inspection the keepers noticed that it was ex-orphan Lissa herd that was browsing with the orphan elephants. Ndotto got a little scared on seeing elephants that were much bigger than him and nearly ran away but the keeps were able to keep him calm.

Lissa was with her last born who was about seven months old, and her second last born calf.
The other members of her herd, first born Lari, second born Lali and last born Luggard were absent from the group. Mudanda had a lovely time interacting with Lissa’s small calf and the two enjoyed playing and entwining their trunks while Lissa’s teenage boy engaged Ndii and Bada in strength testing games.

The dependent orphan elephants left Lissa’s herd behind as they made their way to the big water hole in the afternoon where they enjoyed a milk bottle followed by a mud bath. Mbegu was seen interacting with Ndii and the two browsed in one another’s company for most of the afternoon while Lasayen stayed close to the keepers.

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

 Bada enjoying some Lucerne Bada in the stockade with the others
Bada enjoying some Lucerne
photo taken on 9/16/2014
Bada in the stockade with the others
photo taken on 9/16/2014


The male orphan elephant calf was first seen alone on the 25th of August 2014 while coming to drink at the Galana River on Galana ranch. The calf stayed close to the river bank where several herds of wild elephant came and went, but all constantly investigating the little baby. The calf tried several times to join these wild herds but they rejected the little elephant every time making him feel even more abandoned and desperate. Several hours passed with no sign of the calf’s mother.

The Galana Conservancy scouts saw the calf disappear into a nearby bushy area and hoped for the best. He was however sighted the following day desperately looking for water; staying it the area for over two hours while taking refuge from the merciless hot sun by resting under an acacia tree. He looked thin and drawn and cut a tragic figure and it was clear he would not survive without intervention.

Bada having a drink of water  Bada in the Galana conservancy

Bada in the bushes

The Galana scouts who had been observing the elephant calf established that he was definitely alone and the mother was quite clearly not coming back. The fate of the mother was never confirmed but poaching has been bad in this area so he is suspected to be a poaching victim. The ranch management contacted KWS and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust who got a rescue underway. The Voi Keepers were the closest so it was decided to send a team from there to assess the situation. On arrival the DSWT rescue team went into the conservancy and found the scouts already there, keeping a close eye on the calf. What was the challenging part was that the elephant was on a river bank, so trying to catch snd restrain him and move him was extremely difficult. Once the elephant was finally caught the rescue team headed back to Voi, however evening was approaching quickly so most of the drive to Voi was in the dark. The elephant was named Bada after the Orma word for a place of bush, as the elephant was located in a very bushy area.

The calf is captured  The calf is restrained

Bada in the taming stockade at Voi  Bada two days after arrival

Bada having a bottle of milk  Bada enjoying green browse in the stockade

Bada had no external injuries except a single bruise. He was very dehydrated as he had obviously been without his family for quite some time. He responded well to milk on the second day and enjoyed his grewia branches. The decision was made to raise him in Voi given that he was clearly already over two years old.

Bada enjoying some Lucerne  Bada in the stockade with the others


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