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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 BURRA  Male  May 2001 Burra / Taita district  8 Months old  Caught in a snare and separated from his family by gun shots, too weak to keep up.  Poaching 

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10/8/2017 - This morning the stockade dependant orphan elephants were joined by Dabassa, Lempaute, Kivuko and Layoni at the Lucerne and range cubes feeding area after which Kenia and Ndii quickly led their herd away from the stockades leaving the four Ex Orphans behind.

In the afternoon, a collapsed orphan elephant calf (about one month old) was reported to the Voi stockades by the Burra de-snaring team who were patrolling around the Aruba wind pump water trough. A big wild elephant cow that had collapsed and died close to the area had been seen and was believed to be the orphan calf’s mother.

In a separate incident, another wild elephant calf Kiangazi (about one month old) that a badly injured and swollen left leg which prevented him from keeping up with his herd was also rescued as he kept getting left behind making him a target for predators in the area. The collapsed orphan elephant calf was resuscitated but was badly dehydrated and very thin. The two babies were rescued by the Voi stockade keepers working with the Burra de-snaring team and the Mobile veterinary Unit. The two claves were flown to Nairobi from the Aruba airstrip.

At 7pm the Mobile veterinary unit received a report of a collapsed and dead elephant cow close to the Lion Hill camp. When the team arrived in the area to recover the tusks they found that she had two calves which were now orphans. The younger one, two years old, was whisked away by its older sibling who was about 14 years old.

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 Burra and Solango approaching the mudwallow Burra smelling the air
Burra and Solango approaching the mudwallow
photo taken on 10/15/2004
Burra smelling the air
photo taken on 5/1/2003


There is a migration route, that the elephants have used down millennia, linking the population of Tsavo West to that of Tsavo East National Park, which now passes through dense human settlement and a tribe that has long been prone to setting wire snares to capture whoever passes, caught in a noose around the leg, the neck, the trunk, or whatever part of the body triggers the loop knot concealed on a game path.

Burra was caught in a thick steel cable around the neck and behind one ear. The cable bit deep into the tender flesh around his throat, behind the back of his neck, trapping one ear, the noose tightening as his mother pulled him free, leaving him almost throttled, unable to lift his head, unable to feed, but still desperate to, somehow, try and live. His family were en route through the human habitation, desperate to meet up with others in the sanctity of Tsavo East National Park. They never made it, because they were driven back by Helicopter and gunshots, and this eight month old calf was, by now, too weak to keep abreast of his terrified, fleeing family. He fell behind, and it was clear that he had a problem, so those in the Helicopter landed, captured him, and saw the extent of the problem, and the reason for it - a snare that had almost severed three quarters of his ear, cut the back of his neck, and his throat, inhibiting his feeding. He was emaciated, starving and weakened by the time he was found.

The cable snare around Burra's neck is removed  Burra after the snare is removed.

Burra in the Nairobi nursery

The snare was removed, though not without difficulty, (and a great deal of pain), and he was taken to the Sheldrick Trust Orphans' Night Stockades in Tsavo East National Park, and later bought up to the Sheldrick Trust nursery in Nairobi National Park.

Burra with the other orphans  Burra

Burra smelling the air

Burra is an ex-orphan will bull now who does not frequent the stockades often, especially since the death of his friend, Mweiga, when she died in 2007 due to a heart condition. He has been seen a few times in extremely good health, usually with Emily's ex-orphan herd.

Burra and Solango approaching the mudwallow


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