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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 NGASHA  Male  Monday, February 27, 2012 Near the town of Maungu  About 7 months old  He was seen wandering alone through Maungu Town. Community members from the area were astonished to see this tiny baby elephant on his own, causing a huge commotion amidst curious bystanders.  Reason Unknown 

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2/28/2018 - Ziwa moved quickly this morning and did his best to try and get Ngasha and Faraja to join him at the lucerne feeding area before the girls and the rest of the group arrived. Faraja responded however by pushing him away before rejoining the rest of the orphan herd who were enjoying feasting on the pellets that had been put out for them by the keepers. Lima Lima started walking to the water trough, leaving Alamaya eating pellets with the rest of the group. Some of the rougher boys came up to Alamaya and grabbed what was left of his tail which upset him tremendously; if there is one thing that Alamaya does not like anyone doing it is grabbing his stump of a tail and we thought his anger towards the naughty boys was justified!

Murera walked very slowly today as the orphans climbed the Umani Hills and she had to stop several times before finally joining the rest of the group at the top. She rumbled to her friends to get them to slow down as she was having difficulty keeping up with them. Mwashoti very sweetly came back down and stayed with Murera escorting her. He rumbled at Zongoloni and Lima Lima to come and help him which they did and the three of them worked together to coax and push Murera to the top where they joined the rest of the orphan herd and enjoyed the vegetation that they found there.

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

 The orphans crowding around the new member of their herd Patrick with Ngasha
The orphans crowding around the new member of their herd
photo taken on 10/12/2012
Patrick with Ngasha
photo taken on 10/4/2012


On the 30th September a young male elephant calf was seen wandering alone through Maungu Town. Community members from Maungu were astonished to see this tiny baby elephant wandering frightened and bewildered, causing a huge commotion amidst curious bystanders. Thankfully the community reported the orphan to neighbouring Rukinga Ranch who mobilized their scouts and, together with the Kenyan Wildlife Service and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust team from the Voi Rehabilitation Unit, soon captured the calf.

The seven month old calf was swiftly transferred to Rukinga to await the arrival of the DSWT Nairobi rescue team by air; the young orphan was visibly stressed and, having been alone for several days, he was a little thin. At the same time the DSWT HQ got an alert of yet another orphan sighting on Galana Ranch. We sent our pilot out on Aerial Patrol in an effort to locate this orphan but sadly he was never found. The rescue team transported the orphan from Maungu to the Voi Stockades were he was successfully fed and allowed to rest while they waited for the Nairobi rescue team to land at the Tsavo East National Parks Voi airstrip.
The young orphan was soon safely accommodated in a stockade at the Nursery with the comfort of the other orphans next to him. He was showing good strength before settling down as soon as his milk was offered to him. Having been terribly dehydrated and thirsty after his ordeal he has taken incredibly well to his feeding routine and is slowly accepting his new human family.
This precious new baby boy has been named Ngasha, a name taken from a prominent hill within the Sagala-Maungu area. The community members of Maungu must be thanked for their help in rescuing Ngasha, if they hadnít reported him as quickly as they had his chances of survival would have been very slim.

The Nairobi Keepers landed at Voi  The orphan in the rescue plane

Moments after arriving at the Nursery  Patrick with Ngasha

With just over two weeks of recovery and intensive care from the Keepers and the whole team at the Nairobi Nursery Ngasha is settling in well. During his first days at the Nursery Unit he was quite reserved, a clear indication he was mourning for the loss of his beloved family. However in the last few days we have seen a remarkable improvement, not only has he gained some condition physically, he is also playing and making friends which is a sure sign he is on the road to recovery both mentally and physically.

Naipoki hugging the new arrival  Ngasha getting a warm welcome from the orphans

Ngasha goes out with the orphans for the first time  The orphans crowding around the new member of their herd


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