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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 ORWA  Male  Friday, December 3, 2010 Orwa community land near Nasalot and South Turkana National Reserve  About one year old  He was rescued by KWS after being spotted alone by members of the Orwa community  Poaching 

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8/20/2018 - It was an interesting morning as four of our graduate orphans Narok, Vuria, Orwa and Bomani who had been away for almost three weeks arrived at the stockades this morning. They were very thirsty and all ran towards the water trough to drink water. They then walked to the Lucerne area and joined their friends to eat. Bomani took a bunch of Lucerne on his back as a stockpile to eat later. Namalok started scratching his neck and later went on to play fight with Roi, before all the orphans walked out to browse. The Keepers were very tired today as they had stayed out the whole night guarding Chemi Chemi who had rejected the idea of going into the stockade for treatment.

The orphans later walk to the waterhole for their milk, mud bath and dust bath. After they had finished dust bathing, they started walking back to the bush. Chemi Chemi appeared alone and started playing in the mud. It was lucky that the Keepers were prepared for Chemi Chemi’s possible appearance with all the medicines to treat him. The Keepers tried to approach him but he was very restless; even a milk bottle did nothing to appease him. The Keepers persisted and eventually we were able to treat him and he rejoined the dependent orphans. They stayed with him the rest of the day and he came back to the stockades in the evening. This evening he accepted to enter into the stockade and we locked him in. After a few minutes, he became very restless and started knocking down the gate and tuning here and there. After a while he broke the gate and came running out straight to the bush. It took us a long time to repair the gate temporally for the rest of the group not to come out too. We persevere in trying to treat Chemi Chemi for his lion injuries but we cannot dart him because that would make him too weak.

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 Orwa being greeted by Tano Orwa with Julius
Orwa being greeted by Tano
photo taken on 12/1/2011
Orwa with Julius
photo taken on 12/1/2011

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: ORWA (foster now)


On the 29th of November we got a phone call from the Senior Warden of South Turkana Game Reserve about an elephant orphan found in the Orwa area near the Reserve boundary. As the call came in late in the evening, the rescue Team had to wait until the next morning to leave for the flight. KWS Rangers captured the calf and kept him overnight until the Keepers could fly could get there the following day.

Stephen & Julius at the airport  Scenes from the flight





On the morning of the 30th November 2011 the Keepers flew to the area and rescued the calf who is estimated to be about one year old, obviously a victim of either poaching or “problem animal control”. He had been without his mother for some time, and in an advanced state of emaciation upon arrival. As an orphan alone and in such feeble condition, he had obviously been harassed by small predators – perhaps Turkana domestic dogs or jackals, who inflicted superficial bite wounds on his body.

The KWS men involved in the rescue  Orwa with his rescuers

The KWS Rangers and Keepers near the rescue plane  Stephen

The Keepers prepare the orphan for the flight to Nairobi  Orwa before loaded in the plane

The Keepers tie the orphans legs so he will not try to stand in the plane  The orphan is ready to be loaded in the plane


Juluis with the orphan on thep lane



So relieved was he to suddenly find empathy and caring company, (albeit from what to him must have been perceived as ‘the enemy’), that from the onset he was sucking on the Keepers’ hands, taking milk and entrusting himself into their care.

The Keepers with the orphan on the way from the airport to the Nursery  Off loading the calf at the Nursery

Orwa in his stockade  Orwa feeding


Orwa with Julius


This is very unusual for an orphan of his age, often signaling the end, so we were surprised to find that he had even survived the first night in the Nursery without descending into a coma and having to be put on life support. Very few elephants remain in that extremely harsh and arid desert environment which is riddled with gun-toting Pokot and Turkana tribesmen, most of whom are anything but ele-friendly.

From the start, Orwa was a loner, deeply saddened and depressed over the loss of his elephant mother and family, choosing to stay apart from the other orphans, and trailing behind them, the epitome of misery, dejection and severe emaciation. Since his stools were problematical, he underwent an oral course of Suphadimidine, and since then has improved, now able to get up from a sleeping position without help. We are hopeful that time and tender loving care will heal this tough little elephant from the lava wastes of the South Turkana Game Reserve both psychologically and physically.

Orwa  Orwa with Naipoki and Julius

Orwa being greeted by Tano  Orwa with Sities

Orwa with Sities and Kithaka


Orwa with Julius  Orwa with the herd of orphans

   

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