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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2/28/2015 - The orphans left the stockade at 6am and headed straight to the water trough where they fortified themselves with enough water to sustain them for the entire morning. On the way to the browsing field Bongo scratched his ear against a tree and Garzi, Vuria and Bomani scratched their buttocks on rocks along their way. The scratching routine is very much part of everyday as they dislodge unwanted ticks. Orwa pushed Bongo off the tree so he could scratch himself but Sities saw his mean behavior to her roommate and in retaliation pushed him off and used the tree to scratch herself. Shortly afterwards Makireti and Chaimuís groups joined the juniors. Kanjoro and Kilabasi entwined trunks. Kasigau went to feed close to Vuria and from time to time they communicated through touch by inserting their trunks in each otherís mouths. An hour later Suguta and Olareís groups with two wild juniors in tow briefly joined the orphans. The wild juniors, the size of Kamboyo, were very nervous when they saw the keepers and withdrew quickly from the orphans, heading off north. The entire partially independent group and Kamboyo followed the wild boys leaving the orphans with their keepers. Before mud bath time the temperature rocketed forcing Turkwel and Shukuru to hide under the same tree.
After having their milk the orphans went to play in mud and drink water at the water trough. After drinking, the mischievous Sities got into the water trough and started splashing the water. The keepers shouted at her and she quickly left, charging and trumpeting, into the bush. When Kainuk saw that the water trough was free, and that no one was watching, she put front legs into the water and tried to locate the inlet pipe with her trunk. On hearing the keepers approach she got out and ran away as she knew she was being naughty. Teleki and Vuria scratched their muddy bodies against the nearby acacia trees. In the evening the ex-orphans, along with three wild bulls, passed by the stockade, drank water and then left. Shortly before dark the entire partially independent group plus Kamboyo and his two wild friends came to drink at the stockade compound. The fact that the partially independent group have arrived twice in one day to drink shows that most of the water holes they were depending on in the past few months are now dry.

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 Garzi makes friends garzi plays with the orphans
Garzi makes friends
photo taken on 7/24/2013
garzi plays with the orphans
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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