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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 IRIMA  Male  January 2001 Tsavo East national Park  2 Years old  Found near to Irima Hill by tour drivers wondering alone and very emaciated  Drought Related 

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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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photo taken on 11/19/2003


On 8th October 2003, at around 2 pm, a KWS Assistant Warden, two Rangers and a driver arrived at the Elephant Night Stockades in Voi seeking assistance. They reported a young elephant seen by Tour Drivers wondering alone, and in an emaciated condition, near The Voi Safari Lodge. Four of our Keepers joined the group and set off to the area. After about 30 minutes they spotted the abandoned elephant and cautiously walked towards it but the elephant kept its distance. Its age was estimated to be two years old and it was seen to be a male.

At first they tried to steer the direction of the weak calf towards the elephant Stockades, in order to be able to get assistance to be able to overpower and capture it, but the elephant refused to head in that direction. The Keepers then made an attempt at capture, but even in its emaciated state, they were overpowered and the elephant forced its way through the electric fence surrounding the lodge compound. Once within the Staff Compound, the group again tried to surround the calf, but it escaped the dragnet. The group continued following, hoping to be able to seize any opportunity of being able to capture it, something that continued until 6 pm when additional Keepers were able to provide reinforcement, once our orphans had returned for the night. However, the little elephant kept on dodging its captors until 7.30 pm when the group managed to finally over power him. Having carefully secured the elephant with ropes, they walked him to the vehicle and with the help of numerous staff managed to load him onto the trailer.

It was 9 p.m. at night when the elephant was off loaded from the trailer at the Night Stockades and joined the other orphans inside. He was given re-hydration salts, and was named “Irima”, the name of the hill near to where he was found.

The presence of the other orphans instantly reassured and comforted this lonely calf, who was, indeed, fortunate not to have fallen victim to the pride of lions that habitually frequents the lodge waterhole. He became very calm and responded well to the welcoming gestures of all the other orphans. Before long they were all feeding together and he had happily integrated into the older elephant group. Obviously, he had lost his lactating mother, and would most certainly have died had help not arrived.

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