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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 SIRIMON  Male  Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Marania Farm  1 year old  Found on Marania farm after slipping through the electric fence  Poaching 

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2/24/2018 - Due to the ongoing dry season, the Ex Orphans and wild elephants show up on daily basis. The Ex Orphans target the lucerne grass which is provided every morning by the keepers from the store. Two wild elephants that appear to be new in the area walked with caution as they raised their trunks up, trying to determine how safe the area is. They could not understand how a gathering of elephants of similar age were located in this one area, and with so many humans as well! Their curiosity subsided when Laragai passed close by and extended her trunk towards them, probably in an effort of calming them down by answering their questions. Soon after the orphans were through with the lucerne, Kamok led the way to the browsing field where Tusuja settled to browse with Ukame. From time to time, the two could be seen communicating through touch, perhaps discussing the current drought and how it is affecting them by having to walk long distances for food to fill up their huge stomachs. Later, Tusuja and Galla, who are now considering themselves as grown up boys, had a sparring contest that ended in a draw.

Laragai, Kithaka, Boromoko, Sokotei, Siangiki, Garzi, Barsilinga, Lemoyian, Sirimon and Olsekki, every morning take a different route to the other orphans and return back late at night most of the time.

At mud bath time, the hot tempered Ukame, who has made an habit of pushing any elephant close to her after having her milk, threatened to push Namalok. If it were not for the keepers intervening by shouting at Ukame, then Namalok would have had a difficult time with Ukame. After mud bath, the orphans stampeded in fright when a troop of chattering baboons passed by at a high speed. The orphans didnít understand why the baboons were running so opted to run as well! The afternoon was quiet as the orphans concentrated mostly on browsing.

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 Sirimon out in the bush Sirimon in the bush with the other nursery orphans
Sirimon out in the bush
photo taken on 10/22/2014
Sirimon in the bush with the other nursery orphans
photo taken on 10/22/2014


The 3rd week in October was turning out to be a busy one at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Hot on the heels of the rescue of little Wass and his two baby ostrich friends on the 15th October another call was received by the Trust on the 16th about a baby elephant in the Mount Kenya region. This baby was about 1 year old and was found wandering in the fields of Marania Farm close to the Mount Kenya elephant corridor.

The Mount Kenya wildlife corridor lies across Kisima and Marania Farms and has been a huge success, essentially re-linking the elephant populations of Samburu and Lakipia. Elephants that were once free to roam between habitats, but can no longer do so because of fencing and increased human development, can cause a huge amount of damage creating conflict with local communities therefore threatening their own survival. The electric fences of the Mount Kenya elephant corridor protect local communities from marauding elephants whilst enabling the elephants to migrate between two very diverse habitats in search of food, minerals and mates, and the Mount Kenya habitat provides a much needed dry season range for elephants . The corridor is approximately 14km long and opened in 2011. Initial worries that the elephants would be unwilling to use an underpass to cross the busy highway, linking Northern Kenya to the rest of the country, proved unfounded with the first elephant making the traverse within a month of opening. Hundreds of elephants were to follow in the subsequent months.

Getting ready to go for the rescue  The orphaned calf arrives and is met by the rescue team

Preparing the calf for the flight  The calf is strapped and ready to be loaded on the plane

About to load the calf into the rescue plane

The baby elephant that was found on Marania Farm was thought to have slipped between the electric fences which prevent the large adult elephants from entering the fields. It seems likely that his mother was killed by poachers as three weeks earlier a carcass of a lactating female elephant was found with its tusks removed. The calf probably managed to stay with the herd for a while, possibly managing to scrounge some milk from another mother as his condition is fairly good, before becoming separated. The herd was nowhere to be seen when the baby was finally spotted by the Marania scouts. The scouts alerted Lewa Wildlife Conservancy who in turn notified the Kenya Wildlife Service and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Immediately after DWST was notified about the baby a rescue plane and team was arranged to fly to Lewa airstrip to meet up with Dr. Mutinda, a KWS vet, and his ground team.

On the way home  In the pickup at Wilson

The calf loaded into the pickup at Wilson  The calf is placed in the stockade on arrival

Dr. Mutinda chose to anaesthetize the baby elephant and it was then transported by vehicle to Lewa airstrip where the KWS ground team met up with the DSWT rescue team. Once the elephant calf was loaded onto the aircraft and safely secured he was revived to ensure that he did not remain under anaesthetic for too long as this is never advisable with baby elephants.

Sirimon in the stockade  Sirimon a couple of days after rescue

Sirimon enjoying greens

The calf arrived at the Nairobi Nursery after dark and thankfully still looked in good condition. Amazingly he began to drink milk from a bottle that night and was clearly extremely ravenous. He tamed down quickly and it was only a few days before he was able to join the other orphans and assimilate into the Nursery group. We have called him Sirimon a fitting Mount Kenya name.

Sirimon out in the bush  Sirimon with the others

Sirimon in the bush with the other nursery orphans


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