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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4/18/2015 - The orphans enjoyed being out in the browsing fields and browsed in single file throughout the day. Emily’s herd was sighted at the far eastern side of the park but as they were so far away they never met up with the junior group.
The orphans visited the middle water hole and had a wonderful time bathing before returning the to the browsing fields until it was time to return to the stockades in the evening.
Later in the night a wild elephant herd visited the stockade with two small calves. Wasessa rumbled in greeting and looked for a way to get out of her stockade to join the wild group. The keepers could not let her out due to the late hour as well as the obvious risk of predators that are very common in Tsavo.
Panda, Naipoki and Kihari also gave a rumbled greeting from inside their stockade when the wild group came to the water trough for a drink. The wild herd responded in kind and hung around the stockade for half an hour before heading back to the park.

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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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