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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 TAMIYOI  Female  Saturday, August 15, 2015 Ngoyeiga Conservancy near Maralal, Northern Kenya  2 months  Found by the pastoral Samburu community trapped and abandoned down a water well near Maralal in Northern Kenya  Well Victim 

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3/31/2018 - Mteto is being a bit of a bully these days. She has been seen bullying Jotto, Ambo, Malima and Tamiyoi on a few occasions and we are not sure why. Normally it is when they are all gathered in a group waiting to go down for their milk feed, or sometimes out in the bush as well. If one of these orphans happens to cross her path she will push her small tusks into their back prompting them to run off yelling! The keepers have tried to tell her off by raising their voices at her and wagging an accusing finger, and even moving her to browse away from the rest of the group, but this does not seem to be changing her naughty behaviour at the moment. Out in the bush before their 9am milk feed, Mteto harshly pricked Jotto in the back with her tusks which caused him to yell but before he could move away she head-butted him as well! This forced the keepers to shout at her and move her away, and she was the last one to have her milk bottle as well! She tried to apologize for her behaviour by slowly walking back to the group but the keepers were having none of it and sent her away. Like any social animal, elephants do not like being on their own and this was a good punishment for Mteto. She yelled to come back and rejoin the group but the Keepers kept her back until she was the last one to have her milk bottle.

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 Tamiyoi part of the herd Luggard, Pare, Tamiyoi, Esampu and Kiko behind
Tamiyoi part of the herd
photo taken on 9/29/2016
Luggard, Pare, Tamiyoi, Esampu and Kiko behind
photo taken on 8/19/2016

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: TAMIYOI (foster now)


On the 16th of October 2015 we were called about a young female elephant found trapped and abandoned down a water well near Maralal in Northern Kenya. She was discovered by the pastoral Samburu community and reported to the Kenya Wildlife Service who retrieved and extracted her ensuring that we received news to action a rescue.



We immediately dispatched an aircraft to the Wamba airfield, which is approximately a one hour flight from Nairobi. Once our team landed they were not only greeted by the KWS men who had rescued the calf, but also a crowd who were hard to restrain given their eager interest in the tiny baby elephant.

Sheparding Tamiyoi towards the rescue plane  Offering the tiny baby some precious milk

Feeding Tamiyoi some milk and water  Preparing Tamiyoi for the flight with a gathering crowd

Amazingly this bold little calf followed the men around the airfield, seemingly not overly stressed by the presence of so many people. She even fed well before being laid on the travelling mattress and tarpaulin stretcher and with no shortage of helping hands around, she was swiftly hoisted into the aircraft and prepared for the flight.

Laying her down on the tarpaulin for the flight  Sleeping during the duration of the flight to Nairobi

She arrived at the Trust’s Nairobi Nursery in good condition and was remarkably tame and trusting of her Keepers from the outset. How long she had been without her mother was difficult to say, but her arrival coincided with the dreaded teething phase suggesting that she was about two months old. She was named Tamiyoi after the area in which she was found.

Arriving in her stable and suckling on a reassuring keepers hand  Tamiyoi in her new stable

Tamiyoi’s journey was initially fraught as we struggled to keep her alive. Whilst initially all was well, her condition plummeted during the teething process during which she was quite literally just clinging to life. One positive sign during these tough months was that Tamiyoi tried to feed on greens, and little wild berries she found in the nearby Park forest, something no other elephant of her age has done. Our Keepers were forced to pass by Tamiyoi’s berry tree each day so that she could pick up the wild fruits that had fallen, feeding on them until she was satisfied. The Keepers would also collect the berries for her, feeding them to her as and when she demanded them. It was as if Tamiyoi lacked something vital in her system, but despite our best efforts, multiple tests, and adjustments to her diet, we saw little improvement in her condition for many months during which time she frequently collapsed.

Kiko and Tamiyoi with a keeper  Tamiyoi and friend following their keeper

Tamiyoi playing with her keeper

Saving Tamiyoi has required a herculean effort from the whole DSWT team, but no small part has been her own extraordinary will to live. Of course, with her enchanting little ways she has stolen the hearts of all who have been involved in the fight to save her and since seeing her turn the corner around four months ago, her condition has continued to improve. That said, she still has a slightly malnutritional look about her with a more than usual rotund belly, but it has become clear that week by week her condition has been improving, her cheeks filling out and the texture of her skin recovering from the previous paper thin aspect, something that is always an indication of ill health in an elephant.

Luggard, Pare, Tamiyoi, Esampu and Kiko behind  Tamiyoi leading the little baby group

Tamiyoi part of the herd  Tamiyoi out in the forest

Tamiyoi and her keeper

It is with great pride that we feel we can now offer Tamiyoi for fostering – a full year on from when she was rescued. Despite hundreds of people wanting to support her, we were hesitant to offer her for fostering simply because every time we thought we were ready to do so, Tamiyoi would take a worrying turn which left us having to exercise caution, never convinced that we were actually through the woods. Despite being diminutive in size at one year old, this little elephant has the steely temperament of one who knows her own mind. The love of her extended elephant family of orphans as well as a caring human ones who have cupped her life in their hands, struggling day and night to save this precious baby, has been instrumental in tipping the balance. We look forward to Tamiyoi growing into the wonderful Matriarch we feel sure she will become one day, when she will experience the joy of living wild with her own wild born family. However, in the meantime, we have the privilege of sharing these formative years, and basking in her unconditional love and obvious gratitude.

Sweet little Tamiyoi looking more healthy

   

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