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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 ROMBO  Male  Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Oltepes village - Rombo area on the boundary of Tsavo West National Park  About 2 years old  Was seen by community members on his own, his mother was believed to have been poached after her carcass was found by the Trust’s Ziwani De-Snaring team  Poaching 

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1/26/2019 - It was an early start to the day as the milk dependant orphans came running out of their stockade to grab their milk bottles after which they settled to enjoy the Lucerne pellets. At about 7:15am, after the orphans had left for the fields, Emily’s herd arrived at the stockades. The ex-orphans came in small groups, with Ndara, Neptune, Wassesa, Lempaute, Rombo and Taveta arriving first closely followed by the rest of the ex-orphans in the company of two wild elephant bulls.

Mweya was looking quite tired and we feel that it won’t be long before she gives birth, and her friend Thoma never left her side, constantly touching and rumbling assurances to her. The ex-orphans hung around the stockade compound for half an hour before heading back to the park.

The stockade dependant orphans visited the baobab tree water hole after the noon milk feed, with Rorogoi and Bada plunging into the water showcasing their mud bathing skills to the rest of the group who chose to avoid the water as it was a chilly day. The group had fun blowing clouds of dust into the air as they enjoyed a dust bath, before resuming with their browsing activities.

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 Rombo having milk Rombo
Rombo having milk
photo taken on 9/1/2011
photo taken on 9/1/2011


The Oltepes village lies within a traditional elephant migratory passage linking Tsavo West and East and as such is an area of ongoing human/wildlife conflict. The name Oltepes means “Acacia” and at this time of the year the Acacia trees drop nutritious pods which all animals relish, including the elephants. Hence, every time the elephants move along this route, and pause to feed on the Acacias near this village, they find themselves in trouble from a notoriously un-ele-friendly community.

The latest orphan from this area, is a two year old bull calf whose mother is believed to be the poached cow elephant who died of poisoned arrow wounds and was found by the Trust’s Ziwani De-Snaring team last month. The calf had apparently been spotted in the area by people from the village, who viewed him as a threat to their children herding livestock. They said that he had visited the body of his slain mother several times. His presence was first reported to the Big Life Scouts who alerted the authorities and the Trust's Field Officer, and he in turn contacted the Keepers based at the Trust’s Voi Rehabilitation Elephant Stockades.

Our Ziwani De-Snaring team and our Voi Elephant Keepers found and rescued the calf during the afternoon of the 27th August, after which he was driven to the Voi Stockades for the night, comforted by the presence of the Keeper Dependent babies based there.

The Keepers rescue the calf  Everyone helps to load the orphan in the vehicle

Rombo after being captured by the Voi Keepers & community mermbers  Wasessa and the other Voi orphans greet the orphan at the Voi stockades

He had a spear wound in the ear, which penetrated the shoulder behind, in a glancing way, and not too deep.


The Nursery Rescuers went armed with a Pole Injection to give the new orphan a mild dose of Stressnil for the flight to Nairobi the next day – 28th August 2011. He arrived at noon and was named Rombo – the name of the general area of human/wildlife conflict that has yielded several of our orphans who have come in with spear injuries.

Rombo with Julius  Rombo has a spear wound in the neck

He was 2 years old, tiny tusks already protruding through the lip, and although emaciated, was not in life threatening physical condition. He was also very calm for a newcomer of this age, and by nightfall was taking milk from a hand-held bottle, and even sucking on the Keeper’s fingers, albeit on the other side of the Taming Stockade partition. He is a very lucky little elephant to have escaped severe spearing and been rescued in time and as soon as he is stabilized, will be a candidate for Ithumba, there to join other two year olds who have already sprouted tusks.

Rombo having milk  Rombo

Rombo with Julius


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