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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12/30/2015 - Due to high tension of the lions visiting the bush the other day, and putting Pea, Pod, Kiko and the rest of the orphans in danger, the orphans are not leaving as early for the bush in case the pride is still in the area as they were heard roaring during the night. Pea and Pod and Kiko had to remain indoors until quite late in the morning, when it would be too late for the lions to be active. After coming out of their stockades, Pea, Pod and Kiko spent the day in the bushes close to the stockade area, giving them some safety from the big cats.

During public visiting hour the temperature soared which meant the orphans enjoyed a length mud bath. Lasayen, Ndotto, Rapa and Ngilai staged a dramatic game of rolling in the soil that was prepared by the keepers. As Lasayen, Rapa and Ngilai had their happy game of playing in the wet soil, Ndotto was busy trying to mount on Lasayen’s head. As Lasayen lifted his head Ndotto was carried high in the air – they both stroke a funny pose which all the visitors enjoyed watching and applauded. Lasayen and Ndotto are great friends which is a friendship that has been forged since they were tiny babies. Since Elkerama went down to Tsavo, Ngilai has attached himself more to Kamok and enjoying suckling on her ears, though not as frequently as he used to with Elkerama.

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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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