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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MALIMA  Female  Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Infront of Aruba Lodge  5 months old  Found in a state of collapse on a mound of earth infront of Aruba lodge  Drought Related 

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1/31/2017 - The two girls who donít really play too many games with the others are Malkia and Sana Sana. Sana Sana keeps herself busy browsing most of the time whilst the orphans are out but today was different. Today the herd looked quite dull and these two girls took it upon themselves to entertain everyone. They had some fun playing a pushing game at length and making the others in the herd perk up a bit.

Generally it was quite a cool day today compared to the other very hot days we have been having, and on such days you will find it quite hard to find many of the orphans in the mud bath. Today none of them decided to enter the mud during any of the sessions when they visited the area. Malima and Esampu who love the mud just kept dipping their trunks into it to feel the temperature and both of them decided not to enter. Esampu seems to have extended her dislike for the warthogs. The warthogs have a long history with the orphans as they know that if they follow them and feed close to them they will have protection from any lions around as well. But since Musiara has started visiting the main herd Esampu has been very protective and have not let them anywhere close to the baby. Today she has made it her mission to drive them back into the thicket where they should be and she got friend to help her on this mission in the form of Pare. Since morning these two have been driving the warthogs into the bushes and not letting them anywhere near the herd.

Today after the 3pm visit Wanjala went back into the forest with the others but then decided to go a different way. Because he normally wonders off with Ukame and Karisa and they were in the herd still, the keepers assumed he was there too. The keepers realised though just before it was bed time and found him browsing some distance away from the others. He was walked to join the last ones that were returning home and we hope he does not decide to browse on his own again soon!

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 Malima Malima playing
photo taken on 11/21/2016
Malima playing
photo taken on 11/16/2016


On the 30th of October the DSWT Works Manager, Mr. Trevor Jennings, received a phone call from the Tsavo East National Park Assistant Warden at 6:30 am about a baby elephant found in a collapsed state in front of the Aruba Lodge. Immediately, the DSWT team travelled to the scene and found a young female elephant calf lying on her side on a mound of earth that had been dug out of a water pan. She looked in a desperate state, totally unresponsive and seemingly just moments away from dying. Given the parched drought-stricken landscape resulting in a lack of food anywhere close to water, the elephant herds were left with painful heartbreaking decisions - having to leave weakened loved ones who were unable to keep up so that the rest of the herd could travel far enough to find life sustaining browse, This calf was simply too weak to continue, and was one such candidate.

Once our teams arrived on the scene, she was cooled down and shaded from the unforgiving sun whilst a lifesaving IV drip was prepared for her after which she was loaded into the waiting Landcruiser and driven to the stockades where more treatment could be administered while the team awaited the arrival at the Voi Park airstrip of the Rescue Plane from Nairobi. To begin with the calf hardly stirred, but slowly she came to life and then hope was restored. She was immediately fed water by mouth which cooled her down. In the meantime Angela Sheldrick had prepared everything at the Nursery for her arrival, and a team of Keepers was dispatched to board the plane. Everyone worked rapidly at the other end to ensure a speedy turn around while she was again placed on IV fluids for the duration of the flight to Nairobi, which would involve approximately 1 1/2 hours.

The orphan calf is rescued  The orphan is placed in a stockade at the Voi stockades

Keeping the orphan cool  The orphan is placed on a drip

On the way to the airstrip  Preparing to load the calf into the rescue plane

The calf is loaded onto the plane  During the flight

It is thought that her mother must have left her the night before, or early that morning as she was too weak to keep up with the herd. She was incredibly fortunate that help, arrived before a pride of lions killed her instead of the unfortunate Oryx on which they were feeding when the rescue team arrived. By the time the five month old calf arrived at the Nairobi Nursery, she had regained sufficient strength to be able to get to her feet.

In the Nairobi stockades on arrival  In a charging mood

Out in the bush the day after rescue  Sweet Malima settling into Nursery life

Initially she was incredibly restless and fearful, but with patience and a hanging blanket in her stable for comfort, she began to take both milk and rehydration salts. However, notwithstanding she collapsed again a few hours later from both exhaustion and weakness, her body spent of all reserves. Again we placed her on more lifesaving IV fluids which restored her life.

Malima in her stockade  Out and about

Lovely Malima

We have called her MALIMA (meaning mound in Swahili), aptly named since it was on a mound of where she lay when found. Saving such emaciated drought victims is always a very difficult challenge, especially in the case of Malima who was already far gone when discovered. Her life hung in the balance for a week, but slowly her strength returned, and she is now thriving - a bouncy member of the Nursery herd, fully recovered and happily integrated into our Nursery Elephant family.

Malima out and about  Jotto and Malima

Tamiyoi,Jotto, Malkia and Malima  Malima out with the orphan herd

Malima playing


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