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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4/28/2016 - It was a beautiful morning with the sun rising on the horizon of the Tsavo East, forecasting some bright sun for the day. The orphans rushed their stockade feeding routine and moved out to head towards to the northern side of Msinga Hill. They browsed half way up the hill under the stewardship of Nelion and Tundani.
The orphans then came down the hill at noon to head to the middle water hole in groups of five. After a very calm and peaceful milk feeding session, Ndoria engaged little Araba in a chase, leaving Araba screaming for help and the keepers running behind to rescue her. Araba ran as first as her legs could take her, denying Ndoria the chance to catch up with her as she understood what was in store if she did. Ndoria shied away from the keepers but still ran to ambush Araba from another direction, but the keepers escorted her up to the water hole for her much needed safety.

At the water hole the mud bathing was great fun. Ndii forcefully pushed Tundani out of the water so she could take her private mud bath alone in that small water pool adjacent to the main water pool. Kenia then took her adopted baby Araba to browse away from the others, ensuring she was safe from the naughty Ndoria.
The rest of the browsing day went on perfectly well with all enjoying feeding on the fresh green shoots.

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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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