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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 WANJALA  Male  Thursday, January 29, 2015 Found near the Dida Harea Windmill waterhole on the southern plains of Tsavo East National Park   Approximately 19 months old  The calf who was in the company of a teenage bull was weak and extremely emaciated. He was obviously an orphan who had been without mother’s milk for sometime.  Drought Related 

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9/29/2017 - Four wild elephants were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when the orphans were let out. Two of the wild elephants joined the juniors to eat some lucerne. Half an hour later, Yatta and her group showed up. Sirimon, Kamok and Ukame spent scratched on the nearby rocks before Shukuru rumbled, informing the group that it was time to go. The orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area up to eleven o'clock in the morning when Kamok led the group to the mud bath. The orphans were again joined by Yatta’s group and twenty five wild bulls who had arrived at mud bath early before eleven o'clock in the morning. Garzi engaged Ololoo in strength testing exercise that went for quite some time while Wanjala settled for a soil dusting exercise.

In the afternoon, the orphans were joined briefly by Olare’s group. Melia settled to browse with Sirimon Kithaka, Olsekki and Ololoo while Oltaiyoni, Enkikwe and Lemoyian took a break from feeding to relax under a tree. When they felt they had enough rest, Lemoyian and Enkikwe engaged each other in a pushing game that ended in a draw. Shukuru settled to browse with Dupotto as Sirimon engaged Enkikwe to a strength testing exercise that saw Sirimon emerge as the winner. In evening, as everyone was getting ready to go back to the stockade, the keepers realized that Garzi and Barsilinga had dodged them. This was not their first time and they are increasingly showing signs of wanting to join the Ex Orphans, an indication that they are getting ready to leave the full time protection of their human family. The keepers left them knowing that they would definitely find their way back to stockade if they wanted to. An hour later, Garzi and Barsilinga reported back safely for yet another night in the stockades.

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 Wanjala having a drink of water Mbegu,  Wanjala and Dupotto
Wanjala having a drink of water
photo taken on 9/28/2016
Mbegu, Wanjala and Dupotto
photo taken on 9/15/2016

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: WANJALA (foster now)


A young elephant calf approximately 19 months old was first sighted near the Trust funded Dida Harea Windmill waterhole on the southern plains of Tsavo East National Park by the DSWT maintenance team who monitor the Trust funded windmills throughout Tsavo regularly. The calf was weak and extremely emaciated and was obviously an orphan who had been without its mother’s milk for some time judging by his condition, but was accompanied by a teenage bull at the time who later ran off at the approach of the vehicle, leaving the calf alone and extremely vulnerable to predators due to his poor condition.



The maintenance team observed the calf for much of the day during which time wild elephant herds came to drink leaving the weakened calf behind who was unable to follow. The decision was therefore made to rescue it, since it was unlikely to survive the night being so vulnerable.

The calf with a wild teenage bull  The orpahned calf

Capturing the calf  The calf is captured

At the stockades in voi before transfer to Nairobi

The Kenya Wildlife Service Senior warden of Tsavo East was informed and he called the Trust’s Voi elephant Keepers to mobilise a rescue after which the calf was duly captured with little residence due to its emaciated condition. He was a young male and was driven to the airstrip to wait for the aircraft from Nairobi which had in the meantime been arranged; this ensured the rescue was seamless with little delay. The rescued baby was prepared for the flight, hydrated throughout the journey and placed in a stockade at our Nairobi Nursery.

Getting the calf prepared for the flight  Ready for loading for the flight to Nairobi

Loading into the rescue plane  Strapping the orphan for the flight

During the flight to Nairobi  Offloading on arrival at Wilson

On the way to the Nairobi stockades

He was very weak and collapsed a number of times requiring emergency attention to retrieve him, but as the days passed he began to regain his strength. We think the reason for his being orphaned is a result of the brutal dry season, and drought conditions, most probably abandoned by his family simply because he could no longer keep up with the herd. He was named Wanjala after the area from where he was found.

Arrival at the Nursery  Being placed in the stockade

The calf is called Wanjala  Eating greens in Nairobi

Heading out to the bush  Going out for the day with the others

Out in the bush  Wanjala charging at Pea

After a week or so he had regained significant strength enough to be able to join the other nursery ele orphans and their Keepers in the forest and on the plains of Nairobi National Park and very quickly made special friends and settled into all the routines like a veteran. Over the past month we have been delighted with Wanjala’s progress, rescued literally from the jaws of death as the last remnants of his strength were ebbing away. A lovely gentle bull who has grown stronger thanks to intensive care and is back to perfect health surrounded by a new loving nurturing family, both two footed and four.

Wanjala and Sana Sana  Tusuja and Wanjala

Wanjala having milk  Wanjala with Kiko

Mbegu,  Wanjala and Dupotto  Wanjala having a drink of water

   

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