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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12/28/2018 - The dependent orphans came walking out of the stockade, seemingly in a rush this morning to begin their day. They enjoyed their milk bottles before heading to the browsing fields. Emily's herd visited the stockade this morning for a drink of clean water too.

The orphans browsed in single file before visiting the baobab tree water hole in the afternoon. They arrived in groups of six and quickly downed their delicious milk bottles. Ndotto, who came with the first milk feeding group, hung around and tried to steal his friend’s milk bottles from the back of the stockade pickup. He tried his level best to grab the milk bottles, attempting to lift them to his mouth, but was unsuccessful.

While Bada was enjoying a drink of water, Mbegu stretched her trunk towards him trying to get water from his mouth. Arruba, Rorogoi, Murit, Tahri and Bada had had a wonderful time playing in the main water hole. Arruba exited the waterhole and headed to the water trough, stirring the clean water with her forefoot, before rejoining the rest of the herd who were heading back to the browsing fields.

Tawi, the ex-orphan eland, came today to take Kore, the female stockade dependent eland, and Oltukai the orphan buffalo, to take them out into the Park with him. The three friends did not return to the stockades this evening, choosing to spend the night out with wild friends.

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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