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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 ARABA  Female  December 2013 Tsavo East National Park between Ndara and Dakota  Just under two years old  Found with her mother who had multiple arrow wounds and despite vet treatment succumbed from her injuries  Poaching 

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8/23/2018 - It was a wonderful beginning to the day with the orphan elephants enjoying their milk and Lucerne grass pellets. Mashariki had a wonderful game play fighting with Mbegu. Lentili, Arruba and Suswa took advantage of Mbegu’s games to lead the others out of the stockade towards the browsing grounds.

The orphans browsed high up the northern side of Msinga Hill, coming downhill in the afternoon for the milk bottle before resuming with their browsing activities. The orphans didn’t visit the water hole today as the weather was cold and cloudy.

In the evening Mudanda, who was at the top of the hill, came ready to head back to the safety of the stockades for the night. When descending, Mudanda accidentally knocked a medium rock which came rolling towards her friends who got scared and started running downhill screaming. Bada who was browsing away from the rest was left behind by his friends and had to run to catch up with them. Araba stopped to wait for Bada to catch up as did Kihari and the two stood together until Bada reached them.

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 Sweet Araba Araba in her stockade a week after arrival
Sweet Araba
photo taken on 10/26/2015
Araba in her stockade a week after arrival
photo taken on 10/26/2015

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: ARABA (foster now)


A seriously injured and ill elephant was brought to the attention of the DSWT/KWS Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit on the 19th of October, seen on the plains between Ndara and Dakota Tsavo East National Park. Remaining by her side was her small calf. The cow had multiple horrific arrow injuries, and due to septicaemia the prognosis regarding her recovery has very guarded. She was immobilised for treatment and meanwhile the calf remained nearby. When revived she was too weak to be able to stand, despite being helped with straps around her tusks, and she slipped away before everyone’s eyes.

The calf with her mother  One of the arrow wounds can be clearly seen

The elephant darted for treatment  An arrow head removed from a wound

Trying to help the elephant to her feet  Capturing the calf

The captured calf is restrained  Preparing to load the calf into the vehicle

All attention now focussed on rescuing her still milk dependent calf and the Voi Keepers and Anti-Poaching Team, together with DSWT Field Manager Trevor Jennings were called to assist. Once the teams arrived they were able to capture the female calf without anesthetisation and she was loaded into the waiting Landcruiser and driven slowly back through the Park to the Voi stockades where she was placed in a taming stockade.

The calf arrives at the Voi stockades and is offloaded  Offloading the calf from the vehicle

The offloaded calf is carried to the stockades  Carrying the calf to the stocakde

The calf is placed in a stockade  The restraints are removed

Araba relaxing in the stockade after arrival  The calf is named Araba

The presence of the other orphans had a calming effect on the newcomer and she instantly took milk from a bucket. It was a couple of days before she was sufficiently tame to take milk from a hand held bottle but once this had been accomplished she settled rapidly. We gave her the name ‘Araba’ meaning Elephant in the Waliangulu tribal language and estimated her age on arrival to be just under two years old, still very much a milk dependent candidate.

Trying to get Araba to take some milk  Araba in the Voi stockade

The calf a couple of days after arrival  Araba in her stockade a week after arrival

Sweet Araba

   

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