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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Most Recent Keeper's Diary Entry: (view all the latest entries for TSAVO)

6/26/2016 - It was a worrying morning with the fate of the lost Embu at the front of our minds; she was still very young and we could no ensure the wild elephant herd would look after her.

The whereabouts of Embu who had gone right into the bush had to be established as the keepers left the stockade before sun rise in a search patrol. A DSWT aircraft was sent by the Trust management to assist in the search for Embu who was still milk dependant and we worried about her if the wild cow decided not to stand with her throughout the night. Lions were a big threat and there are many in Tsavo and we were not certain she would be okay with that herd.

Out in the field, Rorogoi and Mashariki seemed to have noticed the absence of Embu and were looking sad and sometimes rumbling as if searching for her or consoling themselves with her disappearance. The search went on for the whole day without sighting that wild elephant herd that managed to spirit her away, nor could we see little Embu on her own. It was another sleepless night for us as Embu’s fate was still hanging in balance and at the front of the keepers’ mind. We would have felt better if Embu was spotted still with the wild herd and had enough protection and happiness, rather than going missing altogether.

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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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