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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10/30/2017 - Soon after leaving the stockade, Shukuru and Kamok kept themselves busy by scratching on nearby rocks while Sirimon played with Sokotei as they waited for the distribution of lucerne. Half Trunk with a group of five wild bulls were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when one of the bulls grew curious and came to see what the orphans were up to; he must have been new in the area as he seemed to want to understand why these young elephants, all of difference sizes, had converged in one place and were picking things from the ground. The bull joined the orphans and to his surprise the orphans were enjoying feeding on something very nice. The bull stayed with the orphans until everything was finished and only then the bull returned to his friends and probably boasted about his delicious heavy breakfast. The orphans headed to Kanziku area where they had a quiet morning browsing without any major observation.

After mud bath time, the orphans settled to browse in the upper Kalovoto area where Karisa had a brief chat with Enkikwe. The conversation went on for quite some time. This was unusual as Karisa always tries to keep distance from the big boys for fear of being bullied. Later the keepers discovered that Karisa was planning to escape with Enkikwe, but Enkikwe had declined. Karisa had decided to wonder off alone when the keepers that Karisa was missing. Karisa had already disappeared with Dupotto and Kelelari in the past and a search was mounted immediately. To the keepers’ surprise, Karisa was found nearly a kilometer away from his friends, heading east!

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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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