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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1/28/2015 - Mutara left the stockade with a piece of branch that she continued to chew as she walked towards the water trough. Soon after drinking the orphans left to browse. As Bomani was feeding he developed an itchy ear and used his trunk to scratch it, it was obviously really bugging him as he spent a good long time trying to get rid of the itch. Laragai had a disagreement with Vuria and she decided to push him and take the grass from his mouth but he resisted and walked away.

Gentle Shukuru found a fallen tree and tried as hard as possible to push it out of the way. She didn't succeed in removing the entire tree but she managed to break some of the branches. Turkwel browsed close to Sities as Narok opted to scratch on a nearby rock.

For the first time this year a herd of ten wild bulls were present at mud bath. They formed a magnificent sight. Shukuru, Sities, Bongo, Teleki, Kanjoro, Laragai and Mutara went into water to wallow as the wild bulls curiously looked at them. Three of the bulls finally gathered courage and moved into the water to join the juniors. This freaked the juniors out abit as they were scared of the big bulls and left the wallow.

In the afternoon, the temperatures were still high and Turkwel, Orwa and Garzi relaxed under a tree for some time before resuming browsing. In the evening the ex orphans and the partially dependent group reported to the stockade. Kibo engaged Chyulu in a pushing game as Tumaren played with Yetu. Later Meibai played with Chyulu while Kibo played with Lenana.
Kilaguni, Chaimu, Ishanga, Olare, Madiba, Kamboyo, Napasha and Buchuma were missing from the group.

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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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