The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: MARALAL 

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MARALAL  Female  Thursday, February 2, 2012 near Kirisia Forest, Northern Kenya  About 2 months  She was found by the community members having fallen down a man-made well  Well Victim 

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10/16/2015 - Early in the morning, the orphans left their stockades in a playful mood. Big and small, they all scampered out charging and trumpeting around; Mashariki, Arruba, Suswa and Embu approached the bushes and bashed them around, welcoming the new day and showing off their strength too. When they usually show off like this in such a happy way, it is an indication of a new baby elephant to come into the nursery. This came true when at 1:30pm the office received a report of a rescue from Maralal in Samburu. The KWS station there reported an elephant calf that had been spotted down a well by Ngoteiya Conservancy Scouts at around 6am when they were out on their patrols. At 10:30 the calf was rescued by KWS personnel together with the Conservancy Scouts and towards 4pm the calf was airlifted to Nairobi and driven to the Nusery. The calf arrived safely and with relatively good health since it had no injuries. He had a good response to his human family and took his milk well too. The calf is a young female with an approximate age of 2-3 months and we have named her Tamiyoi from the area she was found. On arriving back at the nursery it was Mbegu the baby lover who was the first to react and start shouting to meet the new baby, but it was already too late in the day to get a chance. She remained unsettled for some time, annoyed at missing the opportunity but soon she settled down and went to her stockade, eager for the next day to arrive.

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 Maralal Maralal with Kihari
photo taken on 4/13/2012
Maralal with Kihari
photo taken on 4/13/2012


The KWS team from Baawa Platoon stationed near the Kirisia Hills at Malalal received a report from the local community on Easter Sunday 8th April 2012 that a baby elephant had been left by its mother having fallen into a cattle well near the Kirisia forest above Maralal town. The Elephant Mother and the herd had gone to drink at this Cattle Well, and had obviously struggled hard to rescue the stricken calf but more than likely left hurriedly, panicking when herders brought their cattle to drink at the well. The Rescue, coordinated by Rauni Munene, Warden of Maralal Station, was led by Sgt. Lekishe and Larimado three Rangers who managed to extract the calf from the well. They then surrounded the baby and slowly walked the calf back to their camp with any evidence of her herd and elephants in the area long gone. By this stage it was becoming late in the day and it was clear there would not be the time for an aircraft to leave Nairobi and reach there before nightfall, so her KWS rescuers resigned themselves to the fact that they would be in for an extremely restless night.

The tiny calf was clearly distressed bellowing for her lost family and did not sleep a wink, neither did her rescuers. The Rescue plane left early on the 9th (Easter Monday) and the calf, a 2 month old female, was safely back at the Nursery by noon.

The Keepers leave for the rescue  Scenes from the rescue plane

The Keepers meet the men who helped rescue the orphan  The orphan is led closer to the plane in order to load the baby

The Maralal community gather to see the orphan  The Keepers get ready to load the orphan in the plane

The orphan with some of the men who helped save her life  The people responsible for co-ordinating the rescue as saving the orphan's life

The Keepers put the baby on the travel mattress for the flight to the orphanage  Everyone helps load the orphan in the plane

Off loading the orphan in Nairobi Wilson Airport  The calf is loaded in the DSWT Vehicle to be taken to the Nursery Unit

Stephen gives the orphan milk and re-hydration  The young orphan is tired upon arrival at the Nursery

She was named Maralal after the area she was found. She by this stage was clearly exhausted, and having fed on both milk and rehydration fluids she collapsed and slept soundly in the safety of her stable with a Keeper close at hand for comfort. Once she gathered strength she got to meet the other nursery orphans, and this served to both comfort and unsettle her. All she wanted was a ear to suck and was content to latch onto which ever of the older orphans was obliging which was all of them the fussing over this little calf left Kithaka alittle jealous having had their undiluted attention for some time.

Maralal having a nap while being guarded by the orphans  Maralal with all the big Nursery girls

The first night was unsettled with Maralal bellowing much of the night, and Sities and Naipoki bellowing back. In a stable close to Kihari she eventually settled. This continued for a couple of nights but now she understands the routine and the memory of her lost family seems to have dimmed.

Maralal sleeping while Naipoki watches over her  Maralal with Kihari

Maralal  Maralal walking with the herd


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