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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 ICHOLTA  Female  August 1999 Marsabit  between 2 - 6 weeks old  Found in stuck in a drying water hole near the Marsabit mountain  Stuck in Mud 

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11/13/2017 - This morning the stockade dependant orphan elephants rushed out of their stockades eager for their milk bottle after which they enjoyed feeding on supplements before leaving for the browsing grounds. Embu, Bada and Mudanda went high up Msinga Hill to browse. Mudanda and Bada came down for their afternoon milk bottle, while Embu remained at the top browsing away.

At 7.30 in the morning another Ex Orphan herd that had missed the standard gauge railway corridor followed the same path as Emily’s herd and arrived at the Voi gate where they waited for assistance to get back into the park. The group consisted of Icholta and her baby Inca, Thoma and her calf Thor, Seraa, Wasessa, Rombo and Mzima. Once back in the park they went straight to the stockades where they had a quick drink before heading off again.

In the evening, the male orphan eland Tawi took Kore and Ngulia to the wild. Efforts were made to get the three to return back to the stockade which Kore and Ngulia did. Tawi, however, ran off and remained in the park to live a wild life.

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 Icholta with Tsavo Icholta walking in the bush
Icholta with Tsavo
photo taken on 5/20/2005
Icholta walking in the bush
photo taken on 4/15/2005


Estimated to have been between 2 - 6 weeks old when orphaned, and therefore born in August 1999,
this little female elephant, comes from far-off legendary Marsabit Mountain, where a once beautiful mist forest harbouring many endemic plants and birds today struggles to survive the depredation of a burgeoning human population.

Lake Paradise, Marsabit National Park  Elephants walking along the edge of Lake Paradise

Mist forests of Marsabit

Icholta was rescued from the mud of a drying waterhole of that name, where she was bogged and abandoned by her herd who were unable to risk venturing in to pull her free. She was minute for her age, with soft fuzz on her head and body, but also with good coordination, so we guessed her to be older than she looked.

Like all the infants her beginning was fraught, and she became very emaciated cutting her first molars in the Nairobi Nursery, and we were fearful that she might not be able to pull through, but thankfully she did. Amazingly Icholta right from the get go had a passion for water and savored her mudbaths, which is unusual given the reason for her being orphaned in the first place.


A very friendly and loving character, with a beautiful face, charming disposition and deep brown eyes fringed with long lashes; a great favorite with all the other elephants as well as her Keepers Icholta was part of the Nursery eight that all arrived around a similar time, stars of the Geri Ellis book called Wild Orphans. Some of her Nursery mates from infancy were Laikipia, Lolokwe and Edie who to this day remain by her side.

Icholta and co prepare to move to the Voi Relocation Unit 2001  Magic Malaika gives loving to the new arrivals in Voi- Icholta snuggles

Icholta (front) and company


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