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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2/4/2014 - The ex orphans once again visited the stockade very early in the morning to get first chance at the copra. Laikipia was the first to arrive, followed closely by Thoma and after a couple of minutes, Emily with a wild bull in tow. They drank water and waited for the copra and dairy cubes to be served, but the keepers realized what was happening and delayed so that the young orphans were not pushed around by the older ex orphans. After seeing that nothing was coming their way, Emily and her group left slowly and headed west to browse. Lesanju, as if she had communicated with the keepers, came back with all the other orphans whereupon they were given their cake and cubes in peace.
A fence maintenance team in Kishushe area of Tsavo West national park alerted the KWS warden that a baby zebra, wandering without its mother, had started to follow them. The keepers with the help of the vet unit, headed off to save the tiny baby. After giving him some milk and water the tiny zebra was driven to the stockades where he met little Ngulia and Lualeni.

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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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