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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 BALGUDA  Male  Monday, December 05, 2011 Seen by Tour Operators near Kanderi in Tsavo East National Park  About 6-7 months old  Was seen very distressed on his own, our Voi Keepers were called and came to rescue the orphan  Reason Unknown 

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7/29/2014 - Tundani has become such a gentle giant; during feeding time instead of barging through everyone, like some of the greedy boys, he waits politely until the keepers are ready for him. At 3 o’clock this afternoon the elephants came down from the forest to have their milk. The elephants are separated into 2 groups because there aren’t enough keepers to feed everyone at the same time. Today however there was one too many elephants that came down in the second group and someone had to wait. Luckily as Tundani is a polite boy he was happy to wait patiently until there was a free keeper to attend to him.
Every evening when all the elephants return to the stockades there is always a lush collection of branches in every stockade, but for some reason many of the elephants believe that his or her neighbor’s branches are far tastier than their own. Today was a perfect example of this, as Lemoyian was stealing from Balguda whilst Oltaiyoni stole from Sokotei. However Sokotei, being one of the greedy boys, was not willing to share, especially not with his nemesis Oltaiyoni, so he tried to pick a fight with her. The fight soon came to a stop once Sokotei realized that the bars separating the two elephants were a lot harder than he thought and there was no getting through them. We suppose the quote of ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’ is a saying that elephants live by to.

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 Balguda Amos feeding Balguda
Balguda
photo taken on 5/7/2012
Amos feeding Balguda
photo taken on 5/7/2012

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: BALGUDA (foster now)


A male calf, aged approximately 6-7 months old was first sighted by visitors wandering on his own below Aruba Dam in Tsavo East National Park. The calf was crying out, clearly distressed, in fact it was the calf's cries that first alerted visitors that something was seriously wrong. The visitors spent some time watching the desperate baby, and it was evident the calf was obviously abandoned and extremely vulnerable with no other elephants in the area. There was also and a pride of lions fairly close by.

The presence of the calf was reported to KWS and our Voi Elephant Keepers who rescued him at dusk on Friday 20th April 2012 just as it was growing dark. While the they could hear the baby's cries it took them close on an hour to actually locate the calf deep in the undergrowth. The orphan spent the first night at the Voi Stockades, pampered by the older orphans based there who made a great fuss of the tiny new arrival. He relaxed and settled down immediately, relieved to find his own kind once more.

The next morning, Saturday 21st April 2012, he was flown to the Nairobi Nursery. On arrival, having taken his milk well, and appearing strong despite being thin, he was allowed out to join the 20 other Nursery elephants that same afternoon and adjustments were made to the sleeping arrangements. He was given the name “Balguda”- the name of an area in the Park near to where he was rescued.

The Keepers boarding the rescue plane  Scenes from the plane

Scenes from below during the flight  The Keepers arrive at the Voi airstrip

The orphan feeds before the flight  The Keepers feed the orphan milk

The orphan is put on a mattress for the flight  The Keepers prepare the calf for the flight to Nairobi

The orphan on the rescue blanket  The orphan in the plane

Scenes from the plane  Off loading the orphan from the rescue plane

The orphan arrives at the Nursery  Balguda in his stable

Amos feeding Balguda



All went well when the new orphan first joined the resident Nursery elephants. He was welcomed very warmly by all the older females, until Ishanga decided to try and hijack the calf and have him all to herself. She approached him gently, lavished him with warmth and love and just when she had his undivided attention suddenly, as though fearful of something, rushed off at speed into the bush closely followed by the calf and another relative newcomer “Kanjoro”. A massive search for the truants ensued, which lasted a couple of anxious hours, until they were found and rounded up several kilometers away. This is the second time that Ishanga has tried trick like this with a new baby!

The calf's stools were black indicating that he had been alone for a while, and in desperation had been eating mud and dirt. After a couple of days he developed serious diarrhea and we were forced to give him a course of antibiotics which thankfully he responded to immediately. Despite having lost some condition he is now doing well, and is a dear little chap, a real favorite amongst the Keepers for his warm friendly nature, seemingly delighted to have an elephant family once more.

Balguda  Balguda

Balguda with Makireti  Balguda and Basilinga

   

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