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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2/25/2018 - The orphans strolled nonchalantly out from the stockade and settled for lucerne. Outside the stockade Olare’s group was waiting as twenty five wild elephants concentrated on drinking water. The sky was crystal clear and this was an indication of a hot day ahead. After finishing their Lucerne, the orphans briefly joined the wild elephants to arm themselves with enough water to take them through the entire morning. Led by Kamok the orphans walked off east of the Ithumba Hill where they settled to browse. At nine o'clock in the morning, a pack of African wild dogs passed by, disrupting the peaceful browsing of the orphans. They scattered in different directions and ran away from the wild dogs. It took the keepers nearly half an hour to get the situation came back to normal by trying to bring all the orphans back together again. Sapalan, known for his quiet behaviour and silently dodging the keepers, was the last one to be found. Whenever Sapalan heard the keepers looking for him, he would stop feeding and stand still to make sure he wouldn’t create any noise to alert the keepers as where he was. By luck the keepers eventually bumped into Sapalan and directed him to join his friends.

At mud bath, the orphans were joined by the senior Ex Orphans led Yatta. Naseku had a disagreement with Wiva that resulted in a fight. Olsekki came to assist Naseku and together drove the naughty little Wiva away. In the afternoon, the sun was still hot and this prompted the orphans to converge under a tree with nice shade until it was cooler. In the evening, the Ex Orphans in the company of twenty five wild elephants 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


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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