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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 OLSEKKI  Male  Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Mara Naboisho Conservancy - Maasai Mara  Approximately 12 months  The calf was orphaned after his mother had to be euthanized as she had a severely broken leg  Natural Causes 

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9/29/2017 - Four wild elephants were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when the orphans were let out. Two of the wild elephants joined the juniors to eat some lucerne. Half an hour later, Yatta and her group showed up. Sirimon, Kamok and Ukame spent scratched on the nearby rocks before Shukuru rumbled, informing the group that it was time to go. The orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area up to eleven o'clock in the morning when Kamok led the group to the mud bath. The orphans were again joined by Yatta’s group and twenty five wild bulls who had arrived at mud bath early before eleven o'clock in the morning. Garzi engaged Ololoo in strength testing exercise that went for quite some time while Wanjala settled for a soil dusting exercise.

In the afternoon, the orphans were joined briefly by Olare’s group. Melia settled to browse with Sirimon Kithaka, Olsekki and Ololoo while Oltaiyoni, Enkikwe and Lemoyian took a break from feeding to relax under a tree. When they felt they had enough rest, Lemoyian and Enkikwe engaged each other in a pushing game that ended in a draw. Shukuru settled to browse with Dupotto as Sirimon engaged Enkikwe to a strength testing exercise that saw Sirimon emerge as the winner. In evening, as everyone was getting ready to go back to the stockade, the keepers realized that Garzi and Barsilinga had dodged them. This was not their first time and they are increasingly showing signs of wanting to join the Ex Orphans, an indication that they are getting ready to leave the full time protection of their human family. The keepers left them knowing that they would definitely find their way back to stockade if they wanted to. An hour later, Garzi and Barsilinga reported back safely for yet another night in the stockades.

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 Olsekki surrounded by the other orphans Olsekki out in the bush with the others
Olsekki surrounded by the other orphans
photo taken on 9/1/6478
Olsekki out in the bush with the others
photo taken on 10/14/2014

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: OLSEKKI (foster now)


On the 3rd of September Angela Sheldrick was alerted by Dr. Limo, the KWS Veterinary Officer seconded to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit, about a tragic case reported from the Masai Mara. Dr. Limo and the Mara Veterinary Team were taking their much deserved off days and were else where in the country at the time, but had received a report of an injured female elephant. In their absence the DSWT funded Sky Vets was requested.



What made this case particularly challenging is the injured female had a young milk dependent calf of about a year old. She had been observed for a number of days by the scouts on the ground and it appeared she had a severely broken leg and was virtually immobile as a result. The prognosis was bleak.

The rescue team about to board the plane  The rescue team arrives in the Mara

The mother and calf  The vet prepares


KWS Veterinary Officer Fred Olianga was flown by the DSWT Sky Vet program to the Mara in the company of DSWT Keepers just in case the decision was to euthanize, which is what all reports indicated. The decision would not be taken lightly and would be made once on the ground with the mother anesthetized and when the KWS Veterinary Officer and his assistant could examine her thoroughly and make a full diagnosis and decision.

The keepers watch and wait  The mother is darted

The calf runs away  Examining the injured mother

Sadly the elephant has to be euthanized

It was a very sad day for all concerned as close inspection revealed that her leg was broken with no chance of recovery. She was in extreme pain and virtually immobile as a result of her injuries. The decision sadly was euthanasia and to rescue her milk dependent calf before he fell pray to the Mara predators, and so the DSWT Keepers were called to assist in rescuing the baby.

The calf is captured  Restraining the calf

The restrained calf is prepared for transport  The calf loaded in the pickup to be taken to the plane

The calf offloaded from the vehicle  Loading the calf into the plane

The calf in the plane  Offloading the calf at Wilson

The calf arrives at the Nursery  The calf is placed in the stockade

The calf back on its feet


We estimate the baby bull to be approximately 12 months old. Amazingly once at the Nairobi Nursery despite obviously missing his mother terribly he settled fast and began feeding on milk from a bottle the same day. He tamed down quickly thanks to the comfort of Suswa who was right next door, and just two days later he was able to join the other orphans in the bush. Olsekki has enjoyed the balm of the other elephants and the keepers and only time will heal his emotional scars, but little Olsekki (named after the area he came from) is feeling safe in the company of the others.

The calf ready to charge  Charging

The calf is called Olsekki  Olsekki greeting Suswa

Olsekki having some milk  Olsekki chewing on a branch

Olsekki surrounded by the other orphans  Olsekki between two of the older orphans


The reason for his mother’s dramatic fracture remains a mystery.

Olsekki out in the bush with the others  Olsekki out in the bush

Olsekki suckles a keepers fingers

   

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