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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8/28/2015 - The ex-orphans in the company of five wild elephants reported to the stockade early before six o’clock in the morning. Soon after leaving the stockade the juniors were welcomed outside by Lenana, Chyulu and Loijuk. Chyulu took Lemoyian for lucerne and they fed together for some time. Orwa took the opportunity to test his strength against Kibo, which went on for quite some until Orwa got tired. Vuria picked on Chemi chemi for a play fight, thinking that due to his small size he would easily defeat him. Chemi chemi knew this and did his best to appear big and strong, dive-nosing trying to display to Vuria how this fight was going to go. After standing up on his hind legs, Chemi chemi charged at Vuria, who tried his best to win over Chemi chemi but he didn’t succeed! After finishing the play fight with Vuria, Chemi chemi walked towards Teleki and pushed him out of the way. Chemi chemi continued to exert his authority over the juniors by mounting on Sities and later Mutara. Barsilinga and Garzi had brief pushing game that was interrupted by Ololoo.

Later in the browsing field Bomani tried to bully Garzi. Sities, who always tries to protect Garzi, was standing close by and stepped forward to chase Bomani away. Bomani waited until Sities was far away again before trying to bother Garzi who was busy browsing. Garzi tried to defend himself but was overpowered by Bomani who was trying to mount him. Orwa and Turkwel were at loggerheads over something only the two of them could explain. They finally opted to settle the difference through pushing in which Orwa lost to Turkwel. At mud bath time, Kithaka and Laragai were the first ones to get into the mud. Kithaka didn't stay for long though and headed for dusting. The rest of the group wallowed for a long time and later headed for soil dusting. Shukuru, Laragai and Mutara then scratched themselves against a tree close to the soil dusting place. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse at the upper Kalovoto area where Orwa spent much of the time relaxing under a tree.

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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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