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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3/21/2017 - It was a wonderful beginning of the day with the stockade dependant orphan elephants enjoying socializing games at the stockade compound before leaving for the browsing grounds under the leadership of Lentili and Kihari.

When the Trust pilot, Neville, was heading to Lualeni to look for an orphan buffalo, he spotted an orphan elephant calf in the Irima area. The pilot mobilized the Burra de-snaring team to monitor the orphan elephant to ensure that there was no elephant herds nearby. In the afternoon the Voi stockade rescue team was mobilized to assist the Burra team with the rescue, with the Trusts pilot proving to be of great help in the air as the orphan elephant calf was running around, it got confused and ended up in thick thorny bush. The calf was successfully rescued and was air lifted to the Nairobi Nursery.

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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.

The cable snare around Burra's neck is removed

Burra after the snare is removed.

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.

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 and Solango approaching the mudwallow


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