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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9/26/2014 - In the early hours of the morning a report was received from Namunyak Conservancy about a baby elephant in need of rescuing. The elephant had been rescued by the Namunyak Conservancy scouts, after it was found fallen down a well. Once the calf had been rescued it was taken to Sarara Safari Camp where it spent the night before our team arrived this morning. The baby elephant was air lifted back to the Nairobi Nursery, the calf luckily had no internal or external injuries visible and was in good stable condition although the blood reading reported a bad bacterial infection. Our new little baby male is approximately 2months of age, with two teeth through. He was given the name Lasayen.
Another rescue was reported about a baby elephant in need of rescuing in Tsavo East National Park. The elephant had been identified by tourists on a game drive in the early hours of the morning. The calf was trapped in a deep ditch that had been made by wild elephants that had been digging for water. The calf was located along Mzima Mombasa water pipeline.
The Voi stockade was informed about the elephant, they were quick to act and got to the trapped calf within minutes. They rescued the calf and took it to the nearest airstrip in wait for the plane and our team to collect the baby and bring her back to the safety of the Nursery.
The calf was a young female approximately 2 weeks old and in good health condition despite the eye infection the calf had gotten after sitting in the muddy water, the baby responded well to milk formula and her new human family. She has been given the name Kazakini a lovely Tsavo name.

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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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