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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KITHAKA  Male  Saturday, November 12, 2011 Imenti Forest  Approximately 1 week old  He wandered into a village adjacent to the Imenti Forest  Panic Separation / Stampede 

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2/27/2018 - The rest of Laragaiís group reported early, shortly before dawn at the stockade compound. Kithaka, who is such a little rascal, managed to climb up the stockade walls and broke a tap from one our tanks before the keepers on duty heard him and drove him out. Earlier he had passed by the KWS office and went under the electric wires and over tuned a plastic tank and pierced another one with his tusks. Olareís group in the company of fifteen wild elephants were present at the stockade compound. Olare and her team joined the orphans for lucerne.

Tusuja and Galla settled to feed together. The two boys who are of equal size had a disagreement when Tusuja took some leaves from Galla's mouth. The disagreement ended in a strength testing exercise that finally ended in a draw. At mud bath time, Kamok, Wanjala and Tusuja were in the first group. Soon after having their milk, the three headed for the mud bath. When they saw the third group running for their milk, Kamok did a quick calculation and decided to trick and the keepers into thinking she hadn't had her milk yet. To make sure that her plan didn't backfire, Kamok incorporated Wanjala in her scheme. Kamok informed Wanjala that they would join the third group just running while in their midst to make sure that no body detected them. The naughty duo were disappointed however when they got to the keepers who were holding the milk bottles. They were informed that they had taken their share and what remained was for them was to walk to the water trough and drink a lot of water. Wanjala scolded Kamok for failing in their plan and wished he was big enough to punish Kamok for not seeing it through. The temperature was moderate and shortly later, the orphans were joined by Mutaraís group. In the afternoon, Namalok separated himself from the main group and returned later when it was time to return back to the stockades.

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

 Kithaka and Zoom Out in the forest with the others
Kithaka and Zoom
photo taken on 12/7/2011
Out in the forest with the others
photo taken on 12/3/2011


This tiny newborn male calf was orphaned during the morning of 20th November, 2011, apparently left by his mother when she and her herd were chased out of an area of human settlement near the Ruiri outpost in the lower Imenti Forest. The calf wandered into an adjacent village searching for company from whence KWS Rangers rescued him. Due to the terrain and dense forest conditions reuniting him with his herd would prove impossible, so we were contacted by the Senior Warden Mount Kenya with the news of a rescue. The calf was transported to the Lewa airfield so that he could be airlifted from there to the Nairobi Nursery, arriving in torrential rain, well after dark.

Flying over the tea plantations en route to Lewa from Nairobi  En route to Lewa from Nairobi

Lewa Downs  A tiny form on the airstrip.jpg

The tiny calf is given some milk before the flight to Nairobi.

This baby is tiny, no more than, and possibly even less, than a week old on arrival, the hind side of the ears soft and petal pink and the umbilicus newly detached. We hope that he has been able to ingest her first Colostrum milk to trigger his natural immune system. He has been named Kithaka the Meru word for forest. He is a real character, larger than life and full of attitude and, of course, is absolutely adored by the older orphans in the Nursery.

Wrapped up safely for the journey.  Safely in the plane.j

  Protective hands

Peter on the flight  Keepers Peter and Sammy.jpg

Safely at the nursery.  Kithaka being tucked up

Kithaka in his stable.jpg  Out in the forest with the others

Kithaka and Zoom


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