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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10/4/2014 - Today at Ithumba we started our duties as usual with the orphans having their milk at 6am. We then let them out for Lucerne but after a while a group of over 50 wild elephants came to the Stockade Area which intimidated the orphans who quickly left for the bush for browsing, together with ex orphans Kilaguni, Mulika and her baby Mwende who were among them.

At 11am, we left for the mudbath where we found 12 wild bulls, one of which had two wounds. We reported the matter to the DSWT management and he was later examined by the Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit funded by DSWT.

It was a very hot day and all the Orphans had a good mudbath. Teleki and Vuria had wonderful fun by rolling on the ground and rubbing each other. There later came a big group of wild elephants with two young Babies and the orphans quickly left back to the bush where they browsed until 5pm.

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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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