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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8/26/2014 - There was a rescue today after Angela Sheldrick alerted the stockade about the presence of a baby elephant abandoned at Galana Ranch.

The male orphan elephant calf was first seen on the 25th of August 2014 alone while coming to drink at the Galana river on Galana ranch. The calf stayed close to the river bank where several herds of wild elephant came to drink and were constantly going towards the little baby. The elephant tried several times to join these wild herds but the herds began to push the little baby away making this little elephant feel even more abandoned and desperate. Clearly they were not interested in his woes. Several hours passed and there was still no sign of the baby elephant’s mother.

The Galana Conservancy scouts saw the baby disappear in a nearby bushy area. And he was located again in the same area the following day, desperately looking for water; however this time he was not in a hurry as he stayed there for more than two hours under an acacia tree. He looked thin and drawn and cut a tragic figure.

The scouts that had been watching the elephant established that the elephant was definitely alone and the mother was quite clearly not coming back. The fate of the mother was not confirmed but poaching has been bad in this area. The ranch management contacted KWS and the Sheldrick Trust who then proceeded in informing the Voi keepers about the baby elephant. The KWS senior warden Tsavo East also alerted the stockade about the rescue. On arrival the DSWT rescue team went into the conservancy and found the scouts already there, keeping a close eye on the baby. This made locating the elephant very easy but the challenging part was that the elephant was on a river bank, so trying to catch him and move him was very difficult. Once the elephant was finally caught the rescue team headed back to Voi, however evening was approaching quickly so most of the drive to Voi was in the dark. The elephant was named Bada after the Orma word for a place of bush, as the elephant was located in a very bushy area.

Bada had no external injuries except a single bruise. He was very dehydrated as he had obviously been without his family for quite some time. He responded well to milk on the second day and enjoyed his grewia branches.

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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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