The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: NATUMI  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 NATUMI  Female  February 1999 Nanyuki  6 weeks old  Herd was fired at, three members of which died, one being Natumis mother in Nanyuki  Problem Animal Control 

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6/12/2016 - After their usual morning routine the orphans went out to browse. The weather was fairly cold and their midday milk and water was taken to them at the browsing grounds, although they later came to the middle water hole after 1pm to have some more water too.

Later around 4pm a wild elephant herd that usually browses around Msinga Hill and also comes to drink from the stockade water trough was seen, with Ex orphan Tassia with them too! Tassia has been missing for some months and has apparently joined this herd and is very comfortable with them, blending in very well and mixing freely. Mzima, who is usually with Lesanjuís herd, came in slightly behind this wild herd and stayed a slight distance away from Tassia and them. One teenage wild friend tried to approach Mzima to welcome him into their herd but Mzima was reluctant to freely interact with them, opting instead to playing a wrestling match with that wild male boy instead.

A few minutes later the wild elephant cow that came in and stayed browsing around Msinga Hill above Malaika house for two days a few months ago, approached with her very small calf and drank from the stockade water trough. This wild elephant seemed more relaxed this time around and we even wondered if she was one of the members from absent Ex Orphan Natumiís herd.

This cow with its calf joined the other wild elephant herd and moved out of the stockade with them. Tassia went with this wild herd that has adopted him, with Mzima staying behind in the stockade alone. Mzima later left the stockade to browse after all the stockade dependant orphans had come back to the compound and settled into their respective stables.

The Two Latest Photos of NATUMI: (view gallery of pictures for NATUMI)

 Natumi Aitong, Edie, Natumi and Salama
photo taken on 3/9/2002
Aitong, Edie, Natumi and Salama
photo taken on 3/4/2001


A female calf estimated to have been born in February 1999 and to have been 6 weeks old on arrival. Natumiís herd went to drink at a dam near a placed called Natumi on the President's Farm, where over zealous Presidential Bodyguards opened fire at random into the herd, killing 3, including Natumi's mother, and wounding many others. Natumi was spared, stuffed into a Chicken House, but fortunately word got out, and a neighbouring European farmer rescued her and alerted us in Nairobi.

Trousers and Natumi  Natumi in the lead

Natumi having her milk  Natumi

Natumi was in good condition on arrival, and thrived from the beginning. Now in Tsavo, she settled in well and looks the epitome of good health and happiness. In those days Natumi was an independent and rather timid character, running back for the protection of the human family whenever startled, a great favourite with the younger set, being the oldest of those recently transferred from the Nursery.

Natumi practicing for her move to Tsavo  Aitong, Edie, Natumi and Salama


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