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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 SITIES  Female  Monday, January 11, 2010 Mgeno Ranch  Approximately seven weeks  She walked into the headquarters of Mgeno Ranch desperately seeking company  Poaching 

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4/7/2018 - Mutara’s group, that for the time being has merged with Narok and Laragai’s groups as one herd, joined the orphans for lucerne pellets early in the morning. Galla and Tusuja came across a tree stump that both of them wanted to use to scratch on. At first they had a disagreement about who would use it first, but after sometime they came to a sort of an understanding that saw Galla use it first, and then Tusuja when Galla was satisfied. Maramoja used a nearby rock to scratch herself but shortly later, when she was in the process of happily scratching her belly, Naseku passed by and got jealous of how Maramoja was enjoying herself. Naseku kicked Maramoja away from the rock and took over in order to scratch herself. Dupotto settled to browse with Sities and we watched on as they seemed to communicate in that quiet language elephants have. Perhaps Dupotto was regaling Sities with tales of her experience away from the stockades when she was lost for close to three months. Sities in turn was perhaps discussing life in the wild and how she has been independent for two years now.

At around ten o'clock in morning, the orphans passed by Kone dam where they enjoyed a lovely wallowing session. At mud bath time, the orphans had their milk bottles but then chose to return to browsing and not go near the big mud wallow. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the lower Kalovoto area where Ukame, Wanjala and Namalok came across a water hole and decided to have a second mud bath.

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 Sities close to her Keepers Sities enjoys a dust bath
Sities close to her Keepers
photo taken on 3/24/2010
Sities enjoys a dust bath
photo taken on 3/24/2010

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: SITIES (foster now)


An unusual visitor walked into the Mgeno Ranch Headquarters, within the Tsavo Conservation Area during the morning of 22nd March 2010. This unusual visitor was a bellowing baby elephant, desperate for company and who sent all the Staff scuttling for safety, fearful that the baby’s mother might turn up to claim it. Eventually they ventured out, their sudden appearance frightening the little calf, who ran off a short distance, but then returned, desperate for company. Too young to know fear, being only about 1 ˝ months old, the Staff tied it to a tree, and then called Dr. David Ndeereh of the Trust’s Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit, who in turn alerted our Voi Elephant Keepers that an elephant rescue was needed.

Our Voi team meet the tiny surprise arrival at Mgeno Ranch headquarters  The calf willingly takes milk from Stephen

The orphaned calf rescued by our team at Mgeno Ranch  The young calf at the Mgeno headquarters with our Voi Keepers



It is suspected that this baby is a poaching victim, although human/wildlife conflict cannot be ruled out since the Ranch has a lot of livestock and herdsmen. The Trust’s De-Snaring anti-poaching team has been sent to scour the area to confirm any evidence of possible poaching.

The calf, a beautiful female calf, responded well to the arrival of the Keepers who fed her a bottle of milk and rehydration water before loading her into their Pickup and driving it to the Voi Stockades. Once there she remained close to the Keepers following them around, until the Rescue Plane arrived from Nairobi to airlift her back to the Trust’s Nairobi Elephant Nursery.

Baby and staff on the Voi airfield  On the airfield and being prepared for the flight.jpg

While on the plane Hassan blows comfortingly into the little calf's trunk.jpg  Sities and Hassan on the plane flying back to Nairobi.jpg

The calf strapped and ready for the flight.jpg




The calf, who was originally named Mgeno to identify her origin, arrived in the Nursery on a very auspicious day – the day that CITES Cop 15 voted in favour of the elephants, prohibiting the requested sale of ivory stockpiles from both Tanzania and Zambia. In celebration of that event, we have named her Sities, pronounced the same but spelt differently. Although Kenya’s proposal that no other requests be made for the sale of ivory stockpiles for the 9 year resting period agreed at CITES Cop 14 was rejected, at least the elephants have a 3 year reprieve, before the battle begins again, and this surely must be better than nothing. This was a victory for Kenya who lobbied passionately against the sale of ivory stockpiles, as well as the work of all caring Conservationists, not least ourselves, who recognized that allowing Tanzania and Zambia to sell their ivory would simply further fuel the illegal poaching that has escalated sharply since the sale of the Southern African stockpiles. Furthermore, Tanzania and Zambia have been held responsible for the majority of poached elephants of late, massive ivory hauls seized en route to China identified through DNA as having come from elephants poached in Tanzania’s Selous National Park and Zambia’s Niassa area.

The pickup arrives at the Trust's nursery  Angela, Sities and Mishack

Making new friends, Sities with Mutara.jpg  Sities was warmly greeted by Mutara


Sities meets the older orphans


The arrival of baby Sities in the Elephant Nursery brings to 21 the number of infants in our care in Nairobi. She was introduced to the 4 smallest Nursery members soon after arrival, and with them enjoyed a cooling dustbath in fresh red earth trucked in for their benefit, and playing in water splashed on the ground. She is in good health, feeding well, and overseen by Dida and Suguta, was at the noon mudbath hour, happily playing in a pile of loose red earth, and closely following the Keepers, just like all the others. We are delighted to welcome our little SITIES into the fold, on the day that CITES, for once, voted in favour of the elephants!

Sities enjoys a dust bath  Playing with the red earth, Hassan and the other Keepers


Sities close to her Keepers  Sities


   

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