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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3/31/2016 - Around 9.15pm during the night, lovely Solio bounded back into the orphan stockade area where she happily visited upon Maxwell at one of his stockade gates close to his water trough. They communicated through the stockade fence for awhile with their lips and after a few minutes by locking horns as well in a playful manner. After awhile Solio left him to go into her old stockade where she was welcomed with some lucerne from the keepers. She spent most of the night roaming around the stockade area until 6.15am when she encountered the orphans leaving their stockades for the bush. Olsekki, Sokotei, Sirimon, Oltaiyoni and Siangiki took delight in mock-charging and trumpeted after Solio which saw her leave at high speed back into the forest. Her disappearance left the whole herd fully charged with young boys like Ndotto, Lasayen, Ngilai and Murit all having such fun scampering around and trumpeting before joining up with each other and play pushing, only to return to the bushes again to stamp around. At one point Ndotto, who is always a fan of climbing, tried to climb on his best friend Lasayen; playful Godoma and Ngilai ran after him though and pushed him off Lasayen who turned quickly and chased after his friend Ndotto to do the same to him. Ndotto was quick enough to trick Lasayen though and he lay on the floor to trip Lasayen up and when he fell on the ground Ndotto when to climb on him again! It was all fun and games amongst the young babies who had a lovely start to the day.

Towards the end of the day a rescue mission to Tsavo was launched to retrieve a young calf that had serious wounds in its legs which the vet had been trying to treat over the last few days. The wounds appeared to have been afflicted by bullets and as the calf condition began to get worse, it was decided to rescue him in order to save his life.

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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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