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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12/31/2016 - Soon after leaving the stockade, the orphans headed straight to the browsing field. Barsilinga and Garzi started their day activities by engaging each other in a pushing game, as Bongo settled to feed with Sirimon while Orwa teamed up with Kamok. Later, Barsilinga quit playing with Garzi and moved to play with Laragai as Kithaka tried to win against Lemoyian in a pushing game. Tusuja, Kauro and Naseku arrived shortly before ten o'clock in the morning from the nursery to join their three other friends. Soon after being offloaded, the three new babies were joined outside by Kamok, Oltaiyoni and Roi. Oltaiyoni exchanged greetings with Kauro as Kamok appeared totally unconcerned with her friends! Boromoko had a light pushing game with Naseku as Barsilinga tried to familiarize himself with Kauro. Olsekki moved to Naseku and tried to take grass from her mouth, something that didn't make Naseku very happy and so she moved away from Olsekki. Tusuja met with Boromoko and defended himself fiercely when Boromoko tried to push him. At the browsing field, Vuria engaged Bongo in a pushing game while Garzi played with Enkikwe. Later in the day, Bongo and Boromoko settled for a soil dusting exercise while Garzi quit playing with Enkikwe to play with Barsilinga. In the evening, the orphans passed by the mud bath where Naseku, Kauro and Tusuja really enjoyed a cooling mud bath since the heat had become too much for them. Narok kept herself so close to Naseku and kept on following her wherever she was feeding.

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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

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: GARZI (foster now)




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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