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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4/18/2017 - The orphans had a wonderful and perfect browsing moment today as they spread out all over the field, grabbing as much browse as they could with the drought still being in effect over the entire Tsavo East area.

The orphans later marched to the middle water hole where they enjoyed a milk bottle. They avoided having a mudbath as the water was quite cold. Mudanda decided to be brave and plunged into the water enjoying a private bath while the others stood around watching her. She later came out and enjoyed a soil bathing game. Panda tested the temperature of the water but found it too cold to go in.

In the afternoon a single wild elephant cow and her calf who was of similar age to the orphans, joined them for a browsing session which lasted for more than half an hour. Lentili and Arruba followed them for a short distance when they left before rejoining the others. Kihari and Naipoki took the lead of the orphan herd in the evening.

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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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