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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7/16/2014 - An elephant calf was rescued yesterday from the Satao area within the Tsavo reserve and stayed with the Voi keepers overnight before he was airlifted to the Nairobi Nursery. He had been identified on his own with a very swollen forelimb and was limping severely. However the main concern was what seemed to be a bullet wound almost a finger deep into his forehead. Despite his condition the young elephant looked strong and showed a brave fighting spirit.

As soon as the orphan was in the stockade the team was eager to examine and treat the baby’s wounds. Firstly the head keeper Edwin cleaned the wound on the forehead to prevent any infection it may have from getting worse. Thereafter, an X-Ray was taken of the baby’s foot, the result of which was truly heart breaking. The leg had been so badly broken that he had no chance of survival or a normal life. The most plausible explanation is that his mother or another herd member fell on him after they were shot by poachers. The leg could never be repaired and if left the elephant would be crippled for life. The broken bone would never heal and be able to support the incredible weight of a fully grown bull so he had no chance of survival in the wild
At around 3:45pm the baby elephant was lay to rest, just a year old. Everyone had a heavy heart that evening, as he had showed such courage and strength and yet another young life had been taken needlessly from the world. In such times we have to turn to the rest of the orphaned herd to remind ourselves of those who have been given a second chance and try to find some comfort.

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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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