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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6/26/2015 - This morning the wild herd of elephants that has two little calves visited the stockades to drink water. The two wild calves proceeded to their favourite playing spot of the flat rock that is at the stockade compound. They enjoyed fun and games here before the entire herd made their way to the browsing fields.

Later in the day as the keepers were busy with their daily activities they received word that a wild elephant calf had become trapped in a man hole along the Mzima Springs-Mombasa water pipeline. The report came from the KWS Tsavo radio room after a tour driver on a game drive had spotted the troubled calf and reported the matter to KWS. The mobile veterinary team together with the keepers was requested by KWS Tsavo Management to assist them in rescuing the calf and reuniting it with its mother and herd who were nearby watching helplessly unable to help the baby who was drowning in manhole.

The rescue of the calf was made difficult by the wild elephant herds who kept charging the rescue team every time they tried to approach the calf to give assistance. A second vehicle had to be gotten from the stockade to assist in keeping the wild elephants at bay after which the keepers were able to successfully rescue the calf from the manhole and reunite it with its mother and herd.

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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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