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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10/27/2017 - The orphans were in a jovial mood this morning and following their milk and supplement feeding enjoyed playing some hide and seek games around the stockade compound. When they left for the browsing fields they passed the four Ex Orphans who were busy browsing on the southern side of Msinga Hill.

At 8am, a report was received of an orphan elephant calf close to the Ndii area. The report came from Taru Carr-Hartley, who was with a keeper on a morning air patrol in search of Pasaka. The keeper and Taru initially thought that this female orphan elephant might be Pasaka. On getting closer to the calf
they noticed that calf could not be Pasaka as it was female. A rescue team was mounted consisting of keepers and members of the desnaring team and the four year old calf (Luna), another drought victim, was rescued.

In the evening a report came in from the sisal estate management of a sighting of Emily's herd in their sanctuary near Mugeno ranch. The keepers sent to identify the group were happy to find Emily, Eve, Emma, Edie and her calf Ella, Sweet Sally and her calf Safi, Laikipia, Lolokwe, Mweya and Rombo. Other members of Emily’s herd Thoma and her baby Thor, Seraa, Wasessa, Irima, Mzima and Siria were not among the group and the keepers believe that they may be together with Ndara and her baby Neptune, Lesanju, Sinya and Tassia who had been in the same sanctuary up until a week ago. The members of Emily’s herd were all in good shape despite the ongoing drought.

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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. Obviously, he had lost his lactating mother, and would most certainly have died had help not arrived.


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 frequented 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.

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