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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 TASSIA  Male  Saturday, July 19, 2008 Tassia  9 months  Was found wandering all alone by three Samburu herdsmen  Poaching 

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3/5/2018 - It was a nice beginning to the day with the orphan elephants concentrating on their milk and supplement feeding before engaging in some brief strength testing games with Nelion taking Bada to task. When they were done playing the orphans left the stockade compound and headed to the bush to begin the days browsing activities.

Two hours after their departure, Seraa, baby Solar, Ndara, Neptune, Wasessa, Lesanju, Sinya, Lempaute, Tassia, Layoni and Dabassa visited the stockade. Wasessa, Sinya and Lesanju were all seen in close contact with the two babies Solar and Neptune guarding them as proper nannies should. After drinking from the stockade water trough, the Ex Orphans fed on range cubes and copra cake. Solar was driven away by a naughty baboon that came to steal the supplements. Seraa took charge and chased the baboon away. It seems that Ndara may be forming her own herd and taking some of Emily’s herd with her with Lesanju’s herd together with Seraa being the latest to join.

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 The rescue plane preparing to land on the Tassia airstrip everyone gathers to help load the calf into the airplane
The rescue plane preparing to land on the Tassia airstrip
photo taken on 4/9/2009
everyone gathers to help load the calf into the airplane
photo taken on 3/26/2009


This 9 month old bull calf was found all alone by three Samburu herdsmen during the morning of 26th March, 2009 as they were herding their cattle in the arid scrub Acacia country of their tribal land in an area known as Olchurai. He was near a hill known as Ntalabani where there has been a marked upsurge in poaching for ivory of late, ever since Chinese construction workers arrived to work on the roads of the area. With only the remains of the dead around and no sign of any living elephants nearby, it is probable that this calf is yet another victim of ivory poaching, fortunate to have been found by some ele friendly tribesmen, who reported his whereabouts to the Headquarters of the nearby Il Ngwezi Conservancy. They sought the assistance of Lewa Downs to help capture the calf and transport him to the nearest airfield which happened to be the one near Tassia Lodge, there to await the arrival of the rescue plane. The care and concern shown by his rescuers for his well being was most touching.

Stephen prepares for the flight.jpg

The keepers leaving Nairobi to rescue the orphan  The rescue plane preparing to land on the Tassia airstrip

Tassia's home range where he was found 2.jpg  The Illingwezi Conservancy area from Tassia airstirp

The men that rescued Tassia, many people doing so much in order to save this unfortunate calf.jpg  The men who saved Tassia.jpg

the calf in the truck awaiting the airplane rescue  one of the Samburu men that rescued the calf sat with the calf on the journey to the airstrip

Before being loaded for the flight back to the Nursery, he was fed milk and rehydrants and given the usual prophylactic antibiotic injectionas a precaution against pneumonia. He was laid onto the canvas stretcher, his legs bound for the flight. Stephen in the meantime took notes about his rescue story from the men involved.

Stephen takes details regarding the calf from the men that rescued him  the calf with one of the men that rescued it

the Keepers give the calf re-hydrate fluid

Many people doing so much for him, while all so concerned for him must have never the less been most frightening.jpg  

everyone gathers to help load the calf into the airplane  The calf is hed down by the Samburu herdsmen that found him while the keepers prepare the calf for the filght

everyone watches as the calf is loaded into the airplane  Tassia remains calm during the flight

The pilot.jpg  Tassia flys to Nairobi.jpg

He arrived at the Nairobi Nursery the afternoon of the 26th March, and although emaciated and weakened from milk deprivation, he remained with a strong will to survive. This was made more evident when he was warmly embraced by the other orphans and immediately accepted into their group. He is a lovely mellow elephant that the Keepers have nicknamed Papa Oscar, and he absolutely loves his milk having been without it for so long, and is constantly in search of more. Tassia continues to grow stronger and his loving nature makes him a firm favourite with all those lucky enough to know him.

Sad little Tassia.jpg

Tassia is given a warm welcome.jpg  Edwin giving Tassia milk


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