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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 TAGWA  Female  Sunday, October 4, 2015 Community lands on the slopes on Mount Kenya  Approximately eight months old  Found on her own within community lands adjacent to Mount Kenya National Park  Human / Wildlife Conflict 

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11/25/2017 - The weather looked good when the orphans came out of their stables this morning as it was sunny and warm. The orphans showed their appreciation by enjoying different games; Ngilai and Jotto were busy sizing each other up, while Mbegu played on some loose soil whilst allowing the likes of Ambo, Malima, Tagwa, Kuishi and the big boy Ndotto to roll and slide down her.

When the first group of orphans made their way to the mud bath led by Godoma, the weather changed suddenly and it clouded over and started drizzling. All of a sudden there was a thunder clap which sent the orphans running in all directions. They raised their ears in fright and each sought out a keeper for protection. It took the keepers awhile to help them settle again as they had been frightened by the sudden and unexpected sound of the thunder.

When the second group came down for once it was Mbegu who we found tricky today! All the orphans know that it is her role to clean up all the spilt milk on the ground, and sometimes from the wheelbarrow as well. Although since Namalok has arrived however, he has never taken the milk from the bottle so his two bottles are poured into the wheelbarrow and he drinks it from there. Mbegu decided to take advantage of Namalok’s shy character and habit of drinking slowly. She pretended to help and drive away all the other naughty orphans who wanted Namalok’s milk, but it was she who ended up drinking almost half of Namalok’s share from the wheelbarrow!

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 Tagwa out on the rocks Tagwa enjoying some sunshine with the other orpahns
Tagwa out on the rocks
photo taken on 7/2/2016
Tagwa enjoying some sunshine with the other orpahns
photo taken on 7/2/2016

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: TAGWA (foster now)


On the 6th of May Angela was called by Simon Gitau, Senior Warden Mount Kenya, with reports of an orphaned elephant sighted in community lands, abandoned by the elephant herds of Mount Kenya National Park. The community thankfully were elephant friendly and sought to find assistance for the little baby alerting KWS personnel in the area.



With heavy rain storms that afternoon in Nairobi it seemed unlikely that the calf could be captured in time and driven the one hour to the Nanyuki airstrip before night fall, so the decision was made to rescue the baby and keep her overnight at the Kenya Wildlife Service Mount Kenya headquarters. This the KWS did, with guidance from Company Commander Nelson Leponyapui, keeping her safe, comfortable and warm, until early the next morning.

The calf in the back of the rescue vehicle  The calf is offloaded from the vehicle

Nearly back at the Nursery  The calf is placed in the stockade and the straps undone

The calf is called Tagwa  The calf having some milk

Thankfully the weather held off and the DSWT rescue team were able to get away early, landing at the Nanyuki airfield by 8.00am. The little calf, estimated to be approximately eight months old, was already waiting at the Nanyuki airstrip in the back of the KWS vehicle, very weak and worryingly thin. Immediately she was fed some milk and placed on an IV drip by the DSWT for the duration of the flight. Thankfully the IV fluids did her good and she appeared much stronger on arrival at the Nursery and was able to get to her feet unaided, and took a second bottle of milk before settling in to feed on browse. Like we have seen before with the Mount Kenya orphans that we have rescued in the past, she is covered in a protective blanket of dark fuzzy hair all over her body. We have chosen the name Tagwa for this little girl, an area on Mount Kenya not far from where she was rescued.

Tagwa heading out   Tagwa following a keeper

Tagwa relaxing with a keeper  Tagwa and Jotto greeting one another

Tagwa in the forest with the other orphans

Mount Kenya National Park was established in 1949, and protects the region surrounding the mountain, and is home to abundant fauna and flora. Currently the National Park is within the forest reserve which encircles the whole mountain and in 1997 the mountain and surrounding forest reserve was named a UNESCO world Heritage Site. Apart from the obvious touristic value, as it is a place of extraordinary beauty, Mount Kenya is an extremely important water catchment for the surrounding areas.

Tagwa with Jotto  Sweet Tagwa

Tagwa with Balguda

In an effort to protect small holdings on the lower reaches of the mountain from straying wildlife fences have been erected in parts. It is sometimes that wildlife is caught on the wrong side of these fences and we think this is what happened in Tagwa’s case. Judging by her condition she has been without Mum for quite some time, possibly four or even five days. It is likely that in her desperation she sought company which is why she ended up in the grounds of a Community Member’s small holding seeking help. Thankfully she found herself amidst sympathetic surroundings, as sometimes communities can be hostile towards elephants who can exact a heavy toll on their crops.

Tagwa, Ambo and Jotto with one of their keepers  Tgawa, Jotto and Ambo with a keeper

Tagwa  Tagwa enjoying some sunshine with the other orpahns

Tagwa out on the rocks  Tagwa with Ambo


   

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