The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: DUPOTTO  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 DUPOTTO  Female  Thursday, February 6, 2014 Dupoto area of the Transmara  approximately 6 months old  Found abandoned in the Dupoto area  Reason Unknown 

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12/29/2017 - The sky was clear as the orphans strolled nonchalantly out from the stockade. Led by Naseku, the orphans headed straight and settled to browse in Kone area. Barsilinga settled to browse with Tusuja while Karisa teamed up with Sapalan. Wanjala competed with Galla who between them could pluck leaves from the tallest trees. Galla quit the competition and met with Boromoko who engaged him in light pushing game. Their game was interrupted by Barsilinga who when passing close by decided to push the two boys away. Boromoko and Galla ended their game and went separate ways. Naseku led Roi and Dupotto to the milk feed in the first group, while Maramoja led her Nairobi group that never walks slowly when heading for their milk! The sun was hot and this prompted all the orphans to participate in the wallowing exercise where Galla, Boromoko, Wanjala and Lemoyian enjoyed riding on their friends. After mud bath, Lemoyian and Kithaka had disagreement that was sorted out through a pushing game. Lemoyian, the tough guy that never gives up easily, gave Kithaka a hard time before finally surrendering and walking away. Zurura and two wild bulls briefly passed by mud bath heading to an unknown location. In the evening, the Ex Orphans consisting of Olare’s group, Makireti’s group and Mulika with few members of the senior Ex Orphan group showed up at the stockade and left immediately after having enough water.

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 Dopotto splashing water Dupoto having milk
Dopotto splashing water
photo taken on 9/15/2014
Dupoto having milk
photo taken on 9/15/2014

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: DUPOTTO (foster now)


On the 9th August Angela Sheldrick was contacted by Mark Goss regarding an orphaned elephant calf rescued by KWS and the Mara Elephant Project Scouts. At that time the calf was being transported in the back of a landcruiser to the Masai Mara Kichwa Tembo airstrip to await the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rescue team. She was found abandoned in the Dupoto area in the transmara, a large forest on top of the escarpment.

The community found the elephant calf near a boma without her mother and alerted the Mara Elephant Project. The MEP rapid response team then brought her to Kichwa for collection. The flight from Nairobi to the Masai Mara is forty five minutes and the team came well prepared with milk and all the paraphernalia required for transporting the calf efficiently and effectively. In no time she was prepared for the journey to the Nairobi Nursery.

The rescue plane  The calf in the shade

The team that rescued the calf  The calf is given some milk



The reason for her being orphaned remains a mystery as a carcass had not been located in this area for over two months, and she could not have possibly survived that time without a mother at just five to six months old as a very much milk dependent calf.

Strapping the calf for the flight  The calf ready for the flight

Preparing to load the calf  The calf in the plane

The calf is placed on a drip for the flight


We named her Dupotto after the area where she was found. Once she arrived at the Nairobi Nursery she settled and began feeding well from the outset, and very fortunately did not struggle to assimilate the new milk formula. Her road has been relatively smooth physically, but Dupotto’s scars are emotional ones. She has behaved very strangely, clearly suffering psychologically from events that befell her by being excessively restless and agitated. While she was part of the junior herd she fast became a disruptive member in the group. Then she discovered Embu, rescued four days before, an older orphan of approximately 18 months old who was retrieved from the forested slopes of Mount Kenya on the Embu side of the mountain by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

The rescue plane at Wilson with its precious cargo  The calf loaded into the back of the pickup

Driving back to the Trust  The calf arrives at the Trust

Undoing the straps once in the stockade  The calf on its feet

Edwin greets the calf  Dupotto having mik


Dupotto immediately became emotionally dependent on Embu, sharing their grief both have been able to impart comfort and understanding to each other. To this day they remain firm friends. Dupotto is settling and her strange restless behavior is now much improved.

Dupotto out in the bush  Dupotto gives Embu a hug

Dupoto with Embu  Dopotto splashing water

Dupoto having milk

   

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