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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 GARZI  Male  Sunday, January 15, 2012 Tsavo East National Park  18 months old  Found abandoned along the North bank of the Athi River  Poaching 

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7/29/2015 - In the morning the stockade compound was flooded with elephants. A total of sixty elephants were present, all coming for water, Yatta, Mulika and the partially independent group included. As soon as the gates opened for the juniors to get out Melia, Tumaren and Olare walked into the stockade to check if there was anything left for them to feed on. Unfortunately there was nothing left and so they turned and joined the juniors on their way out. The juniors competed for the lucerne with their seniors. To be on the safe side, the juniors saw it wise to leave and settle somewhere where they would browse peacefully without getting disturbance from their seniors. At the browsing field, Sities managed to break a green branch that appeared to be tasty since Bomani, Vuria and Orwa tried to follow her in anticipation of getting a few leaves from the branch. Sities continued to enjoy her green branch without paying any attention the three boys. At last the boys gave up.

The former orphans, the partially independent group and twenty five wild elephants arrived at mud bath early before the orphans and waited for water. As soon as the water arrived, the elephants queued and started drinking water. Thereafter, the herd walked down to participate in wallowing. The juniors later did soil dusting before heading back to the browsing field. Taita scratched his belly against a nearby tree where he was later pushed away by Yatta. Whilst browsing Laragai was disciplined by Suguta when she passed in front of her and stepped across grass that Suguta intended to feed on. She grabbed Laragai's tail and tried to bite it!
Laragai bellowed loudly and tried to free herself. Suguta finally let go hoping that next time she would show her elders more respect.

In the evening, the weather was chilly with a slight drizzle and this activated the orphan's mood. They all rolled around on the ground in the wet soil, each displaying different styles of rolling. Garzi took advantage of Bomani lying down and from time to time mounted him. In the evening, when it was time to return to the stockade, Shukuru led the first group whilst the fastest runner Vuria led the second group. Following the chilly weather, the stockade compound was clear without any elephants coming for water.

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 Garzi is given milk garzi inthe plane
Garzi is given milk
photo taken on 7/24/2013
garzi inthe plane
photo taken on 7/24/2013


On Saturday 6th July members of the community near Kaluku, the DSWT field HQs, reported to the local DSWT anti-poaching foot patrol Unit that they had seen a lone baby elephant on the eastern shore of the Athi River for the past few days, inside of Tsavo East National Park. Another DSWT anti-poaching team working together with KWS closer to the area was deployed that morning along the eastern shore of the river to search for the elephant. Whilst on patrol the team came across two sets of human footprints and following one they found a camp that had recently been occupied. As they scouted the area they saw a lone person returning with water from the river, so they quickly laid an ambush and captured him. In the camp they recovered poisoned arrows, axes and food items. The poacher was arrested by Kenya Wildlife Service.

On the way to rescue Garzi  The Athi River

Two days later the baby elephant had still not been seen and even with an aerial search in the DSWT Top Cub nothing was found. The teams began to lose heart that the baby had gone for good. The following day the team on the eastern bank picked up more human footprints and followed them to a new hideout. The gang had obviously left in a hurry as there was a hot fire, large quantities of food and more poison arrows, which were all confiscated.

Arrows found near to where Garzi was found  Arriving at Kaluku airstrip

At 7am on the morning of the 11th of July the teams were out on patrol again and finally the baby elephant was sighted. Quickly and efficiently the elephant was captured and secured with ropes and straps. They loaded the calf into their vehicle and called into the Trust's Kaluku HQ. The DSWT Nairobi Office was immediately informed and an aircraft was soon dispatched from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to collect the orphan who was by this time being transported across the river to the Kaluku airfield. Here he was laid under a tree for shade with a blanket while they waited for the team from Nairobi.

The team who helped rescue Garzi  Garzi is loaded onto the plane

Garzi is given milk  garzi inthe plane

The anti-poaching team members took it in shifts to look after him and give him water. He suckled their hands and fingers, already understanding that he was in good hands after his lonely ordeal. He appeared relieved to now have comfort and seemed to understand he was being helped. Soon the Cessna Caravan landed with the DSWT Nairobi rescue team on board. They quickly set to work in assessing the condition of the orphan and securing him, placing him on a saline trip ready for the hour flight back to Nairobi.

Arriving in Nairobi  A keeper gives milk to Garzi

This new eighteen month old male has been named Garzi after the area in which he was found and after the hard efforts of many people he has been given a second chance at life. He will now find his place within the elephant orphan herd at the DSWT Nairobi Nursery in Nairobi National Park before he will be returned to Tsavo East National Park from where he belongs.

Garzi eats his fresh greens  Garzi arrives at the stockades

Garzi makes friends  garzi plays with the orphans


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