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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2/13/2010 - Taveta was eager to investigate a dung beetle he had seen burrowing into an elephant dung ball. He prized open the dung ball using his trunk, when the dung beetle latched onto his trunk, causing him to panic and bellow for help. All the other elephants rushed to establish the cause of his problem, by which time the dung-beetle had become dislodged.

Emily and Edie and their entourage came to the Stockades in the evening, and with them was Burra, who had been absent for almost a year and had been last seen with Natumiís splinter group. Natumi herself along with Mukwaju, Aitong, Illingwezi and Tsavo were not with him. Burra had been apart from the other ex orphans so long that he appeared somewhat shy of his old friends, Seraa and Thoma, who were making a fuss of him. Meanwhile, Sweet Sally gently pushed little Eve away from her mother, Emily, and succeeded in this mission, escorting the baby to the Stockade water trough. All the ex orphans enjoyed a hand-out of Copra cake, and left the Stockade together at 7.20 p.m.

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 Natumi Trousers and Natumi
photo taken on 3/9/2002
Trousers and Natumi
photo taken on 5/15/1999


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. Natumi was in good condition on arrival, and thrived from the beginning. Now in Tsavo, she has settled in well and looks the epitome of good health and happiness.

She is 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.


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