The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: ASHAKA 

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 ASHAKA  Female  Thursday, October 10, 2013 Manyani - Tsavo East National Park  3 Weeks old  Found stuck in a drying waterhole by members of the Kenya Wildlife Service Manyani Ranger Training Academy  Stuck in Mud 

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5/1/2015 - Since we lost Ashaka, Mbegu has been moved to the stable next to Kamok so that the two can keep each other company and overcome the loss of their great friend together. They are settled and have turned the page with the two girls starting to become closer friends, more than they have been in the past, which means that Mbegu will fill the gap in Kamok's life when Ashaka died. Murit is attached to both Mbegu and Kamok while Kauro seems to be most comfortable in the company of the older orphans.

Today Kamok Mbegu and Murit had a lot of fun playing hide and seek games while out in the browsing fields this morning. Chasing Pea and Pod the ostiches is a much enjoyed passtime too! At the mudbath they all had fun rolling around in the loose soil with tiny Ndotto and Lasayen refusing to let any of the other orphans join them.

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 Ashaka playing with a leaf Ashaka and Kamok always together
Ashaka playing with a leaf
photo taken on 1/22/2014
Ashaka and Kamok always together
photo taken on 1/20/2014


Our Voi Elephant Keeper team received a call from the Kenya Wildlife Service Manyani Ranger Training Academy bordering Tsavo East National Park on the 3rd of November about the plight of a tiny elephant calf.

The ranger trainees had heard distressed baby screams throughout the night and as dawn broke they headed in the direction of the cries to investigate further what the problem could be. To their amazement they found a tiny calf stuck in a deep sided drying waterhole, unable to extract herself, with no evidence of elephants remaining in the area. The herd had obviously made the decision to abandon the calf and head to the safety of the Park Boundary well before day break. The Manyani recruits and rangers rescued the calf and kept her in a stable at the training academy while they alerted our team and waited for our Voi Keepers and milk to arrive on site. Sadly despite everyone wanting to try to reunite the calf with her elephant family neither her herd nor any elephants for that matter were located in the area so any possibility of this happening was ruled out.

The Voi keepers pickup  The tiny orphaned calf at Manyani

The young calf with a keeper and a KWS staff member   A keeper giving the calf some milk

The young orphaned calf with a Voi keeper  The calf following a keeper around the Manyani grounds

The orphan calf standing near the pickup  The tiny little calf with a blanket

Manyani staff and kids with the orphan

Angela at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust headquarters was called and a rescue arranged to collect this tiny baby by aircraft to fly her to the Nursery where she could received the intensive care infant babies require. We have called her Ashaka, after a watercourse in Tsavo East National Park. She arrived safely in Nairobi and was immediately introduced to the other tiny babies in our care and soon settled into the fold.

Near the plane with the Nairobi keepers  Standing in the shade with a keeper

The calf is placed on the tarpauline  Strapping the calf's legs for the flight

Right from the outset Ashaka has been full of boundless energy. We estimated her age on arrival to be around the three week mark as she came to us still without teeth. Ashaka being so young seemed not to miss her elephant family and adapted to her new environment quickly , soon becoming totally attached to both her Keepers and her milk bottle. A hanging comfort blanket has given her endless hours of enjoyment out in the forest and in her night stable which she shares with an elephant Keeper each night, receiving milk 3 hourly 24 hours a day. She loves to wriggle her trunk around it, resting on it, and taking her milk from under it. Her stable is next to Kamok's, and she spends her days in the forest with her tiny elephant friends as we have a few babies her age at the moment.

Ashaka in her stockade  Ashaka outside the stockade a day after arrival

The young calf is called Ashaka  Ashaka soon after arrivals sucking a keepers fingers

Ashaka following her keeper into the stockade  Ashaka following Mishack

We delayed placing Ashaka on the fostering program as we knew that being a water victim and still without her teeth there was a long road ahead before we could feel comfortable about the future for this precious pocket elephant, tiny and perfect in every way. Sure enough the dreaded teething process began a couple of weeks after her arrival, and as is always the case she lost a huge amount of condition during this time, and we took it day by day, reacting to whatever came our way. We were able to take regular blood tests to ensure no infection was present, but despite her poor condition during this time she remained with high energy levels. Thankfully her teeth burst through quickly so within a few short weeks all eight of her teeth had come through. She is now growing stronger and her little cheeks are once again filling out. Her best friend is Kamok, and these two tiny little mischievous girls are becoming quite a handful, and enchant everyone they meet and theirs will be a friendship that spans a lifetime we hope.

Ashaka and Kamok always together  Ashaka with her close friend Kamok

Ashaka in the bushes  Ashaka playing with a keeper

Ashaka out in the park  Ashaka playing with a leaf


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