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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 TUNDANI  Male  Friday, February 24, 2012 Northern Tsavo East/Tundani  Approximately 1 year  Found alone wandering along the Tiva River  Reason Unknown 

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9/23/2017 - It was a nice beginning to the day with Lempaute and Kivuko arriving at the stockade a few minutes after the stockade dependant orphan elephants had left. They enjoyed feeding of the Lucerne grass, relaxing around the stockade for about two hours before heading to the park.

Out in the field, Tundani, Mbirikani and Nelion went high up onto Msinga hill enjoying a private browsing session above the rest of the orphan elephant herd. The three came down to join the rest as they made their way to the water hole.

In the afternoon, a report of an orphan female elephant calf, called Neka, was seen by a tour driver who reported it to the stockade. The calf was about three and a half years old and was very dehydrated and thin. She was easily rescued, as she barely had strength to put up a fight, and was brought to the Voi stockade and placed in a training stockade next to Tahri who greeted her through the stockade bars giving her some much needed reassurance. Neka soon settled down and grabbed at the green grewia branches, feasting on them the whole night through.

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 Tundani at the daily visiting hour Tundani and Naipoki
Tundani at the daily visiting hour
photo taken on 4/19/2013
Tundani and Naipoki
photo taken on 4/13/2013


On the 8th of April 2013 Nick Trent, the DSWTs pilot operating in the Tsavo Conservation Area, made an urgent call to the Kaluku HQ reporting that he had discovered a lone baby elephant calf within the Ithumba area in the northern sector of Tsavo East. The calf, who was estimated to be under a year old, was alone along the Tiva river and Nick reported that sadly there were no other elephants visible within the area having scanned the greater landscape thoroughly.

Tundani hides in a bush  trying to catch Tundani

After several radio calls a team of elephant keepers from the Ithumba rehabilitation stockades and one of the DSWTs anti-poaching units was deployed, having to hurry to the site where calf was last sighted, which was some distance from the stockades.

Meanwhile at the Nairobi HQ, the team was prepared for a rescue and a rescue plane was put on standby at Wilson Airport, waiting for the go-ahead from the field team in Tsavo. With GPS coordinates and guidance from Nick, who was still monitoring the elephant calf from the air, the ground team finally made it to the location, but the calf was now 2kms from the road so the rangers and keepers approached the calf stealthily through the bush.

Tundani tries to escape across the river  Tundani is taken to the vehicle

Despite being clearly scared, the young male calf remained remarkably composed as the keepers got closer and very quickly and efficiently captured him using a blanket and capture ropes to secure him and prevent him from trying to get away and hurting himself. The rescue was surprisingly easy, yet the hardest part was yet to come as the vehicle needed to transport the calf was quite some distance away across muddy ground caused by the heavy rains of the last few days, making manoeuvring the vehicle through the slippery terrain no easy feat.

Tundani gets captured  the orphan is then prepared for the flight to Nairobi

After some time and after getting stuck several times in the thick mud, the vehicle managed to finally pick up the calf and get back to the road in order to get the calf to the Ithumba airstrip as quickly as possible where the rescue plane was already waiting along with some of the Nairobi keepers to look after the baby elephant on the journey back.

Tundani's rescue plane  securing the orphan in the plane

By 5pm in the evening the rescue plane and the calf and keepers had taken off from Ithumba. The orphan on the flight continued to remain calm and friendly to the keepers, perhaps knowing that they had come to help him and that he was in safe hands, as when he finally arrived at the Nairobi Nursery as darkness was falling he showed no sign of aggression and accepted the keepers trustingly.

Tundani follows his keeper  tundani at the stockades

This new orphaned boy has been named Tundani after the area in which he was found and he has since continued to accept his new human family, meeting his new elephant friends only two days after his arrival having shown a wonderful willingness to embrace his new home. Despite becoming extremely bloated after his second night in Nairobi and having been giving the correct medication, Tundani is feeding well and enjoying his time in Nairobi National Parks forests.

Tundani meets Isaq-B at the Nairobi Nursery  Balguda and Tundani

Tundani and Naipoki  Tundani at the daily visiting hour


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