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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2/28/2015 - After 4 hours of browsing undisturbed, the juniors were joined by Emily, Emma, Eva, Sweet Sally, Ndara, Thoma and Edie. The other ex orphans just walked straight past the juniors heading for the stockades. It was rather unusual for Edie not to be with her baby Ella, but as she is also suckling Emma perhaps Ella is just practicing her independence. It was also unusual for Mweya, Emma’s body guard, not to be with her so the keepers climbed Msinga Hill to ascertain the whereabouts of the rest of the herd. They saw them sheltering from the scorching Tsavo sunshine under a big acacia tree, seemingly not in a hurry to follow Emily. Emily and the others had a quick drink at the stockade and then left in the direction of the shade tree.
At the middle water hole the orphans spent a long time interacting with two big wild elephant families that had come to drink water. The orphans followed the wild elephants as they were browsing, ending up at the eastern foot of Msinga Hill by the end of the day.

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ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: TSAVO (foster now)


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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