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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 WANJALA  Male  Thursday, January 29, 2015 Found near the Dida Harea Windmill waterhole on the southern plains of Tsavo East National Park   Approximately 19 months old  The calf who was in the company of a teenage bull was weak and extremely emaciated. He was obviously an orphan who had been without motherís milk for sometime.  Drought Related 

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10/29/2018 - Karisa led the way out soon when the gates were opened. The orphans joined ex-orphans Kenze, Orwa, Bomani and Narok who had reported early before dawn. Wanjala and Ukame settled to feed on one pile of lucerne pellets with Kenze. Kenze didn't entertain the two orphans but told them to look for another pile since that one wasn't big enough for the three of them. Wanjala persisted, which forced Kenze to push him away. Shortly later, the ex-orphans and the orphans together walked out to the bush. The inquisitive Wanjala settled to feed with Kenze as he tried to understand how life is out in the wild. Kenze was not that keen on entertaining Wanjala, as shortly later he walked away.

At mud bath time, the orphans participated in wallowing soon after having their milk. The competition was between Ukame and Esampu as each tried to get to the finish-line first; that being where the Keepers are standing with their milk bottles. When Ukame saw that Esampu was about to win, she tried to block her by pushing her from behind. Esampu didn't fight as she knew she would be fighting a losing battle, and so she surrendered and followed behind Ukame slowly. The lone and independent Sapalan joined a wild bull to drink water and later followed his group. Sapalan looked a bit tired and in the evening on the way back to the stockade he was unusually slow. Yatta and the entire ex-orphan group reported for water in the evening. Missing were Bongo and Teleki who have attached themselves to Nasalotís group for the time being.

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 Wanjala having a drink of water Mbegu,  Wanjala and Dupotto
Wanjala having a drink of water
photo taken on 9/28/2016
Mbegu, Wanjala and Dupotto
photo taken on 9/15/2016

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: WANJALA (foster now)


A young elephant calf approximately 19 months old was first sighted near the Trust funded Dida Harea Windmill waterhole on the southern plains of Tsavo East National Park by the DSWT maintenance team who monitor the Trust funded windmills throughout Tsavo regularly. The calf was weak and extremely emaciated and was obviously an orphan who had been without its motherís milk for some time judging by his condition, but was accompanied by a teenage bull at the time who later ran off at the approach of the vehicle, leaving the calf alone and extremely vulnerable to predators due to his poor condition.



The maintenance team observed the calf for much of the day during which time wild elephant herds came to drink leaving the weakened calf behind who was unable to follow. The decision was therefore made to rescue it, since it was unlikely to survive the night being so vulnerable.

The calf with a wild teenage bull  The orpahned calf

Capturing the calf  The calf is captured

At the stockades in voi before transfer to Nairobi

The Kenya Wildlife Service Senior warden of Tsavo East was informed and he called the Trustís Voi elephant Keepers to mobilise a rescue after which the calf was duly captured with little residence due to its emaciated condition. He was a young male and was driven to the airstrip to wait for the aircraft from Nairobi which had in the meantime been arranged; this ensured the rescue was seamless with little delay. The rescued baby was prepared for the flight, hydrated throughout the journey and placed in a stockade at our Nairobi Nursery.

Getting the calf prepared for the flight  Ready for loading for the flight to Nairobi

Loading into the rescue plane  Strapping the orphan for the flight

During the flight to Nairobi  Offloading on arrival at Wilson

On the way to the Nairobi stockades

He was very weak and collapsed a number of times requiring emergency attention to retrieve him, but as the days passed he began to regain his strength. We think the reason for his being orphaned is a result of the brutal dry season, and drought conditions, most probably abandoned by his family simply because he could no longer keep up with the herd. He was named Wanjala after the area from where he was found.

Arrival at the Nursery  Being placed in the stockade

The calf is called Wanjala  Eating greens in Nairobi

Heading out to the bush  Going out for the day with the others

Out in the bush  Wanjala charging at Pea

After a week or so he had regained significant strength enough to be able to join the other nursery ele orphans and their Keepers in the forest and on the plains of Nairobi National Park and very quickly made special friends and settled into all the routines like a veteran. Over the past month we have been delighted with Wanjalaís progress, rescued literally from the jaws of death as the last remnants of his strength were ebbing away. A lovely gentle bull who has grown stronger thanks to intensive care and is back to perfect health surrounded by a new loving nurturing family, both two footed and four.

Wanjala and Sana Sana  Tusuja and Wanjala

Wanjala having milk  Wanjala with Kiko

Mbegu,  Wanjala and Dupotto  Wanjala having a drink of water

   

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