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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 WANJALA  Male  Thursday, January 29, 2015 Found near the Dida Harea Windmill waterhole on the southern plains of Tsavo East National Park   Approximately 19 months old  The calf who was in the company of a teenage bull was weak and extremely emaciated. He was obviously an orphan who had been without motherís milk for sometime.  Drought Related 

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3/31/2018 - The rains appear to have taken a break for now. The sky was clear today indicating a hot day ahead. The orphans were joined by Narok and Laragaiís groups. Narok took Naseku and Ukame a distance away from the rest of the group. The trio fed together as they shared private girl talks until Tusuja decided to approach them. As Tusuja got closer, he was warned by Narok to keep away. Tusuja went back and teamed up with Galla, Wanjala and Kauro, all boys, to roll around on the ground. Kauro engaged Tusuja in a light pushing game while Tusuja was still on ground. Later Galla engaged him in strength testing exercise that ended in a draw. Shortly after, Galla used Tusuja as a scratching post to scratch his ears on. As the time for mud bath drew closer, Rapa, Namalok and Karisa couldn't be traced. The three boys had managed to dodge the keepers. The keepers divided themselves into two groups; one took the orphans to the mud bath while the other tracked down the missing trio. Shortly later the three boys were found feeding without seeming to care whether they were supposed to go to the mud bath or not. The keepers took them to stockade to have their share of milk before walking them to reunite with their friends out in the bush.

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 Wanjala having a drink of water Mbegu,  Wanjala and Dupotto
Wanjala having a drink of water
photo taken on 9/28/2016
Mbegu, Wanjala and Dupotto
photo taken on 9/15/2016

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: WANJALA (foster now)


A young elephant calf approximately 19 months old was first sighted near the Trust funded Dida Harea Windmill waterhole on the southern plains of Tsavo East National Park by the DSWT maintenance team who monitor the Trust funded windmills throughout Tsavo regularly. The calf was weak and extremely emaciated and was obviously an orphan who had been without its motherís milk for some time judging by his condition, but was accompanied by a teenage bull at the time who later ran off at the approach of the vehicle, leaving the calf alone and extremely vulnerable to predators due to his poor condition.



The maintenance team observed the calf for much of the day during which time wild elephant herds came to drink leaving the weakened calf behind who was unable to follow. The decision was therefore made to rescue it, since it was unlikely to survive the night being so vulnerable.

The calf with a wild teenage bull  The orpahned calf

Capturing the calf  The calf is captured

At the stockades in voi before transfer to Nairobi

The Kenya Wildlife Service Senior warden of Tsavo East was informed and he called the Trustís Voi elephant Keepers to mobilise a rescue after which the calf was duly captured with little residence due to its emaciated condition. He was a young male and was driven to the airstrip to wait for the aircraft from Nairobi which had in the meantime been arranged; this ensured the rescue was seamless with little delay. The rescued baby was prepared for the flight, hydrated throughout the journey and placed in a stockade at our Nairobi Nursery.

Getting the calf prepared for the flight  Ready for loading for the flight to Nairobi

Loading into the rescue plane  Strapping the orphan for the flight

During the flight to Nairobi  Offloading on arrival at Wilson

On the way to the Nairobi stockades

He was very weak and collapsed a number of times requiring emergency attention to retrieve him, but as the days passed he began to regain his strength. We think the reason for his being orphaned is a result of the brutal dry season, and drought conditions, most probably abandoned by his family simply because he could no longer keep up with the herd. He was named Wanjala after the area from where he was found.

Arrival at the Nursery  Being placed in the stockade

The calf is called Wanjala  Eating greens in Nairobi

Heading out to the bush  Going out for the day with the others

Out in the bush  Wanjala charging at Pea

After a week or so he had regained significant strength enough to be able to join the other nursery ele orphans and their Keepers in the forest and on the plains of Nairobi National Park and very quickly made special friends and settled into all the routines like a veteran. Over the past month we have been delighted with Wanjalaís progress, rescued literally from the jaws of death as the last remnants of his strength were ebbing away. A lovely gentle bull who has grown stronger thanks to intensive care and is back to perfect health surrounded by a new loving nurturing family, both two footed and four.

Wanjala and Sana Sana  Tusuja and Wanjala

Wanjala having milk  Wanjala with Kiko

Mbegu,  Wanjala and Dupotto  Wanjala having a drink of water

   

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