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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7/24/2018 - Jotto is a calm boy; friendly and very gentle. Recently he has become a good play mate to Sana Sana as well. Before the others moved to Tsavo, Sana Sana did not show that much interest in interacting with the others, or more that she was not one of the most playful. She did not show that much interest in taking care of the little babies either, as that role was filled by Mbegu, Godoma, and some of the others. These days she seems to have started taking on more of that responsibility. Tagwa and Malkia might have most of the interest in leading the Nursery herd, but we have really noticed a difference in Sana Sana too. She appears to have taken to Musiara most of all, playing with him and also waiting for him sometimes when they are walking to different areas.
Tamiyoi has always been very caring of the youngsters. When they were walking down in the first group for their midday milk bottles, she was further ahead than Maktao and Sattao. However she stopped to wait when she got to the small stream as she knows they do not like crossing the water. She helped them across by waiting and then leading them through, and then they all proceeded to walk forward for their milk bottles.

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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 in Nairobi 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 was always 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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