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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 TSAVO  Male  January 2000 Tsavo River  1 Year old  His mother died of scepticemia, possibly from an arrow or snare, near the Tsavo river  Natural Causes 

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5/27/2016 - After the departure of Siangiki to the Ithumba Rehabilitation Unit Oltaiyoni who used to spend most of her time with her has been seen sneaking away from the older group to keep company with the little babies who have Murit and Mbegu joining them as well.

After this morning’s 9am feed as the orphans were heading out to the browsing fields Oltaiyoni, Murit and Mbegu once again made their way to the same location that the little babies and their keepers could be found. When the keepers tried to get them to rejoin the older herd Oltaiyoni and Mbegu started to rumble in protest as they wanted to stay with the babies.

After the 11am public viewing and mudbath Oltaiyoni was in a rush to leave the mudbathing area and was trying to lead her group towards the babies so that they could spend time with them and Mbegu seemed to have the same idea as she was already there when the group arrived. It is lovely to see the Matriarchal roles that the females in the group want to take on and when Oltaiyoni is eventually moved to Tsavo to begin the reintroduction process it will most probably be Mbegu who will take over being the Matriarch of the Nursery Herd.

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A male calf estimated to be roughly one year old when orphaned near the Tsavo bridge on the main Mombasa - Nairobi highway, his mother having died nearby. One leg was seriously infected, so we suspect she died from septicemia, possibly caused either by a snare or an arrow wound. The rescue of this calf was unique, in that he was still very strong, but somehow managed to be subdued without being tranquillized, rescued by a handful of our Keepers and the Orphans' Overseer, Isaac Maina. Little Tsavo gave them quite a run for their money, but they managed to overpower him and load him onto the Orphans' Lorry after which he was transported back to the Elephant Stockades in Voi. He was, of course, extremely wild, and quite capable of inflicting some damage, but Emily's group surrounded him, and successfully calmed him. In no time at all he was taking milk from a bottle, following the example of Mweiga, so his was the easiest capture we have ever had, because the first we knew about it was a report about the presence of another orphan in Tsavo, who was doing well and even taking milk. Being the smallest in Emily's group, he usurped the privileged place of Mweiga in Emily's heart, and is very much part of her group, mingling happily with wild elephants they encounter, which makes Emily somewhat anxious lest she lose him to them. In fact, on one occasion, he followed a wild herd, and leaving the other orphans with Aitong, Emily followed him and the wild herd for two hours, until he could be persuaded to return.

Tsavo is a bossy little elephant, confident and delighted to have found a new "mother" and a new "family", and possessive of her affections as well.


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