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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 GALLA  Male  Thursday, December 25, 2014 Near Sobo Rock, Tsavo East  15 months  Found alone by KWS Rangers with no evidence of any other elephants in the area  Poaching 

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2/28/2018 - It was a quiet morning with only few wild elephants and Ex Orphans reporting for water. As soon as the orphans were through with the lucerne, Maramoja led the way out. Maramoja appears to have inherited some of Laragai's ‘leading’ qualities and took the rest of the team to the eastern side of the Ithumba Hill. Maramoja has a tendency of browsing way a head of the others and this is a way of making sure that she gets the best of the vegetation before anyone else. At mud bath time, Maramoja, who is the fastest from the group that came to Ithumba in December last year, led the first group to the mud bath. Wanjala had fun while mud bathing as he rode on Naseku. In the afternoon, Sapalan, who likes browsing by himself, separated from the rest of group to feed on his own. Galla likes challenging Tusuja and decided to engage him in pushing game. Tusuja decided to show Galla he is more senior to him though they are of the same size. He easily overpowered Galla and after climbed on his back which is a show of dominance. Galla accepted defeat and headed to nurse his humiliation by pretending that he was busy feeding.

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 Galla settling into his new stockade Galla out in the bush with the others
Galla settling into his new stockade
photo taken on 4/5/2016
Galla out in the bush with the others
photo taken on 4/2/2016


The 21st March began as a particularly fraught day for us with the news that two orphaned elephants were in need of rescue at different ends of the country, one having fallen down a well in the Namunyak Conservancy in Northern Kenya (rescued separately), and the other most likely a victim of poaching in Tsavo East National Park near to the huge lone rock named “Sobo”, close to the Eastern boundary of the Park. Were this not enough, we then received the tragic news that one of our Elephant Keepers based at the Voi Rehabilitation unit had collapsed and died very suddenly and unexpectedly whilst out in the bush with the orphans. It is testament to the commitment and professionalism of our team that they were able to continue efficiently and effectively with the important rescue of the young calf from Tsavo despite the shock of losing a colleague so unexpectedly.

The orphan from Tsavo had been sighted alone with no evidence of any other elephants in the region by KWS Rangers who called our Voi Unit to notify them about the calf that was far too young to be alone. Our Voi team of Keepers responded swiftly but arrived at the scene to find the calf was nowhere in sight. Following his tracks they managed to trace his movements and located him standing under a tree shading himself from the unforgiving sun. He cut a very forlorn and lonely figure and being under a year old he was already showing signs of being extremely thin, obviously having been without Mum for quite some time. A lactating elephant carcass had been sighted from the air one week before and not far from this area so it is assumed that this might well be his dead mother.

Rescuing Galla who was found alone in the bush  The rescue teams assemble to rescue Galla

The orphan was captured by the team and safely loaded into a DSWT vehicle and driven all the way to our Voi stockade, a distance of some 60 kms. Here he was given rehydration and settled in a shady stockade as the team waited for the rescue aircraft from Nairobi to arrive. He was then sedated for the flight and loaded onto the aircraft, resting on a canvas stretcher and made comfortable for the one hour and fifteen minute return journey to Nairobi.

Galla in the back of the vehicle  Preparing Galla for his flight

Galla on the plane to Nairobi

He arrived at the Nursery in the late evening and quickly rose to his feet full of fight. Although thin he took to his milk bottle almost immediately, and fed on the fresh cut greens throughout.

Loading Galla into the vehicle to drive to the nursery  Galla arriving at the nursery

Galla quickly rose to his feet  Galla settling into his new stockade

Thankfully with no external injuries, although slightly thin, his chances of survival are good. He has been named “Galla” after the pastoral tribe that once traversed Tsavo at the turn of the 20th Century, and whose pebble stone cairn graves can be found throughout what is now the Tsavo East National Park.

Galla settling in nicely  Galla surrounded by hus fresh cut greens

Upon his arrival Galla remained strong and aggressive and had to be confined to his Stockade in order to settle into his new surroundings and become accustomed to his new human family. Over the past few days he has settled down, and is now out with the other orphans on their daily jaunts into the forest to forage. We are confident with time this baby will grow into a fine and healthy young bull, ready to begin his journey back into the wild.

Galla with Godoma on the right in the forest  Galla with other orphans out in the bush

Galla out in the bush with the others  Boromoko with Galla in the forest


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