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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6/30/2018 - It was a quiet morning with a clear sky when the orphans were let out. No single wild elephant or former orphans showed up that morning. Namalok settled for a scratching game on the nearby rocks, a game that also attracted Rapa, Kauro, Esampu and Roi. As soon as the orphans had enough lucerne, Maramoja, who has all the characteristics of becoming a future matriarch, rumbled as she walked out southwards. This was a sign of letting everyone know that it was time to head for browsing before it got too hot.

Out in the field, the orphans were joined by Orwa and Bomani who were wondering when the time will come for Laragai and her small group to join them out in the wild so that they might have some company and grow their herd. Galla seized the opportunity to have a strength testing exercise with Bomani. Their game didn't last for long as Orwa warned them by taking too much time playing it would cost them time feeding, and they needed to get enough food to eat.

At mud bath time, the orphans had a spectacular wallowing session and later, Siangiki and Olsekki took their friend Enkikwe to drink water and thereafter escorted him slowly back out to browse. Galla developed an itchy chest and looking around he couldn't find a suitable rock or tree to serve him. He then picked a stick that he used to scratch himself with, and when he was satisfied he went back to browsing. Kauro and Wanjala settled under a tree to relax and when they got bored of standing under the tree, the two boys decided to keep themselves busy by scratching against the tree as they waited for the temperatures to drop. Kamok and Roi, who came together from Nairobi, embraced the spirit of sharing when they teamed up to feed on the same shrub. Maramoja spend time feeding with Esampu as Mundusi always sticks with his friend good friend Mteto. In the evening, four wild bulls in the company of the senior ex-orphans showed up at the stockade and left immediately after having enough water.

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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 motherís 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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