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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6/7/2017 - Our new arrival, who arrived yesterday in the evening from the Masai Mara, spent a comfortable night in his stockade after drinking some mil at about 9pm. He started trusting the keepers a little more and seemed at ease with his neighbours in the stockades next to him. All the orphans surrounded his pen the next morning to say hello and welcome him into their family. In the evening he was bullied a little bit by Mteto but this is common for new arrivals as the orphans feel like they need to show them their place. She kept charging at him whenever he reached out to her through the bars that separated their pens. This reception was different from the rest of the orphan family however, and Godoma and Malkia led the welcoming committee to his stockade in the morning. Everyone crowded round trying to reach out to him and touch and communicate with him. Most surprising was Rapa, who is known to be a bit of a bully to all newcomers in the Nursery, but as all the other orphans were walking out to the forest Rapa hid in one of the nearby stockades and waited until it was quiet to walk back to the new arrivals gate. It was hard for the keepers left there to establish was his motive was because he is normally a bit of a bully, but he just stood at the gate and exchanged ‘trunk-greetings’ with him. When he saw a keeper approaching him he sped off towards the forest to join the others.

During the morning hours today we spotted Ndotto playing with Kauro again; the two used to always play before Kauro went down to Tsavo and it seems they have resumed their old games. This morning they enjoyed a lengthy pushing game and did not allow anyone else to join them!

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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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