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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 TUNDANI  Male  Friday, February 24, 2012 Northern Tsavo East/Tundani  Approximately 1 year  Found alone wandering along the Tiva River  Reason Unknown 

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12/25/2018 - The orphans were in a jovial mood as they came out of their stockades on Christmas morning for their milk bottle and supplement foods after which they engaged in some fun and games around the stockade compound. Arruba and her longtime friend Suswa tried to sort out the baboon problem by charging around and preventing them from entering the stockade compound as they chased them away.

Mbegu and Ndotto enjoyed the lead of the orphan herd out to browse, where they settled on the peak of Msinga Hill with Nelion and Mashariki enjoying browsing in one anotherís company. The two later became engaged in a friendly play-fight, before joining their friends who were making their way to the stockades for their afternoon milk bottle and a drink of water from the stockade trough. Tundani lay at the edge of water, fetching a trunk full of water and spraying it onto his body before rejoining his friends.

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 Tundani at the daily visiting hour Tundani and Naipoki
Tundani at the daily visiting hour
photo taken on 4/19/2013
Tundani and Naipoki
photo taken on 4/13/2013


On the 8th of April 2013 Nick Trent, the DSWTís pilot operating in the Tsavo Conservation Area, made an urgent call to the Kaluku HQ reporting that he had discovered a lone baby elephant calf within the Ithumba area in the northern sector of Tsavo East. The calf, who was estimated to be under a year old, was alone along the Tiva river and Nick reported that sadly there were no other elephants visible within the area having scanned the greater landscape thoroughly.

Tundani hides in a bush  trying to catch Tundani

After several radio calls a team of elephant keepers from the Ithumba rehabilitation stockades and one of the DSWTís anti-poaching units was deployed, having to hurry to the site where calf was last sighted, which was some distance from the stockades.

Meanwhile at the Nairobi HQ, the team was prepared for a rescue and a rescue plane was put on standby at Wilson Airport, waiting for the go-ahead from the field team in Tsavo. With GPS coordinates and guidance from Nick, who was still monitoring the elephant calf from the air, the ground team finally made it to the location, but the calf was now 2kms from the road so the rangers and keepers approached the calf stealthily through the bush.

Tundani tries to escape across the river  Tundani is taken to the vehicle

Despite being clearly scared, the young male calf remained remarkably composed as the keepers got closer and very quickly and efficiently captured him using a blanket and capture ropes to secure him and prevent him from trying to get away and hurting himself. The rescue was surprisingly easy, yet the hardest part was yet to come as the vehicle needed to transport the calf was quite some distance away across muddy ground caused by the heavy rains of the last few days, making manoeuvring the vehicle through the slippery terrain no easy feat.

Tundani gets captured  the orphan is then prepared for the flight to Nairobi

After some time and after getting stuck several times in the thick mud, the vehicle managed to finally pick up the calf and get back to the road in order to get the calf to the Ithumba airstrip as quickly as possible where the rescue plane was already waiting along with some of the Nairobi keepers to look after the baby elephant on the journey back.

Tundani's rescue plane  securing the orphan in the plane

By 5pm in the evening the rescue plane and the calf and keepers had taken off from Ithumba. The orphan on the flight continued to remain calm and friendly to the keepers, perhaps knowing that they had come to help him and that he was in safe hands, as when he finally arrived at the Nairobi Nursery as darkness was falling he showed no sign of aggression and accepted the keepers trustingly.

Tundani follows his keeper  tundani at the stockades

This new orphaned boy has been named Tundani after the area in which he was found and he has since continued to accept his new human family, meeting his new elephant friends only two days after his arrival having shown a wonderful willingness to embrace his new home. Despite becoming extremely bloated after his second night in Nairobi and having been giving the correct medication, Tundani is feeding well and enjoying his time in Nairobi National Parkís forests.

Tundani meets Isaq-B at the Nairobi Nursery  Balguda and Tundani

Tundani and Naipoki  Tundani at the daily visiting hour


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