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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KALAMA  Female  Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Kalama area, near Archer’s Post in Samburu district, Northern Kenya  Approximately between 4 - 5 months  Early one morning the calf was discovered standing chest high in water trapped in a well called Ikwasi Oibor  Man Made Cause for Separation 

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1/25/2018 - On their night adventures, Laragai and her group came across Tumaren, Melia, Olare, Kitirua, Naisula, Kalama, Chemi Chemi, Chaimu, a wild orphan and Kilaguni. Shortly before dawn, the group walked back to the stockade compound where they decided to take a little nap before being joined by the juniors. Boromoko and Sirimon checked in later in the company of a wild bull. The wild bull settled for water as Sirimon stretched his trunk to the bulls mouth, enquiring which way they would go after drinking water. Sirimon and Boromoko, who have become good friends lately, are learning how to be big boys. Their friendship has been reinforced since they were the last to join Laragai’s independent group, and it appears that there is something they don't like about the group. Time will tell what it is that is bothering them! The bull left soon after drinking enough water and advised Sirimon that he was still young to go out with him, but from time to time he will be popping back to give him one or two lessons.

When the juniors were out Galla, who is growing fast, settled for a chat with Boromoko as he tried to find out what were his feelings were, given that he always spends the night out. The gentle Boromoko gave his answers as he took Galla into a series of pushing tactics that he would be using to attack his fellow boys. It appeared that Galla was enjoying the lessons and games and when the time comes, we think he would certainly love to join Boromoko in the wild. Later Galla tried to put into practice what he had learned from Boromoko on Tusuja, and attempted to climb on him. Tusuja didn't like it and turned to face Galla to see what his problem was. Galla stood his ground which seemed to inform Tusuja that he should watch this space and he was trying hard to be the most dominant male! The quiet Dupotto who keeps to herself and who never likes to be pushed settled for a soil dusting exercise, while the independent Sapalan settled in the valley enjoying a great variety of vegetation. On the way to the mud bath, the keepers realized that Sapalan was missing from the group. A search was quickly mounted and to the keeper’s surprise, he was still browsing in the valley, very unconcerned about what was going on around him. Sapalan weaned himself off milk the second day after arriving in Ithumba. So to him, nothing is special and he is giving signs that he can be on his own and he can survive without any problem. Later, it was realized that a short distance away four bulls were communicating with Sapalan, assuring him that all is well and if he wanted to he could join them too. It's only a matter of time before we think Sapalan will bid goodbye to the stockade life. Karisa used to behave the same way as Sapalan, but the only difference is that Karisa is still drinking. At the moment he has calmed down a lot, unlike before when he wanted to run off into the bush all the time. It was not long ago when Karisa ran off with Dupotto and Kelelari for close to three months! Karisa turned up in a group of Ex Orphans and rejoined the milk dependent group several metres from where he took off for his foray in the wild.

The Two Latest Photos of KALAMA: (view gallery of pictures for KALAMA)

 We named her Kalama. 
We named her Kalama.
photo taken on 7/4/2009

photo taken on 6/28/2009


At 6 a.m. early during the morning of 30th May 2009, in the Kalama area, near Archer’s Post in Samburu district, 4 Samburu tribesmen (namely Iritek Likilwai, Malaria Lemramba, James Lemoyok and Temeriwas Lesankurikuri) visited what is known as “The White Well” (Ikwasi Oibor) , and discovered that a baby elephant had fallen in during the night and was standing chest-high in water at the bottom. They managed to extract the calf, which was a baby female aged about 4 - 5 months. The Kalama Conservancy Chairman, Mr. Daniel Lolosoli was notified and he came with 4 Kalama Game Scouts to recce the area, hoping to find the mother of the baby, but there was no sign of any adult elephants nearby. He and the Kalama Scouts (Samson Lenamunyi, the Community Ranger Sani Lenapangae, Marianlo Lenawala and Mpapa Lelesera) loaded the little elephant into the back of their Pickup truck driven by Steven Maina and drove it to the nearby airfield, to await the arrival of the Rescue Plane sent by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The sight that awaited the team on the Kalama airstrip,.jpg

The Trust's Keepers disembark from the aircraft.jpg  The airstrip.

Kalama in the back of the pickup landcruiser.  We named her Kalama.

The calf on the back of the rescue vehicle.jpg  The baby is lifted from the rescue vehicle.

We called her Kalama the name of the area she was found.

The calf is prepared for flight under the shade of the aircraft wing.  The baby is laid onto the mattress and her legs tied in preperation for the flight.

The Keepers give Kalama milk.jpg

The calf is lifted onto the plane.jpg  Preparing the calf for the flight.

The baby elephant was fed milk and rehydrant by the Trust’s Keepers before being airlifted to Nairobi lying with its legs bound on the rescue tarpaulin in the back of the Caravan aircraft. She arrived in the Nursery at 4 p.m. and was named “Kalama”. She was in good condition, and very calm, following the Keepers, so she was taken into the bush to join the other small Nursery babies for the rest of the afternoon. However, she was very restless and psychologically disturbed during the night, attempting to climb the stable partition, and calling continuously for her elephant mother. By dawn the next day, she was much calmer and more resigned to the circumstances in which she now found herself. Being a well victim, she need to undergo a long course of injectible antibiotic to forestall the dreaded pneumonia, but unlike many of the others who arrived severely emaciated, this calf had some reserves so we are hopeful that she will thrive.

Abdul takes down notes about Kalama's rescue story  Rescue story notes

Lifting Kalama  Kalama is strapped into the aircraft before takeoff.

All those involved in saving Kalama.

Arriving at Wilson Airport.jpg  Transported from the airstrip to the nursery.jpg

Kalama is untied once in her stable at the nursery.  Kalama in her stable.

Kalama at the nursery the first day  Kalama and Abdul.

Kalama taking comfort from Abdul.


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