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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 TSAVO  Male  January 2000 Tsavo River  1 Year old  His mother died of scepticemia, possibly from an arrow or snare, near the Tsavo river  Natural Causes 

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11/16/2017 - Kiasa hasnít quite adapted to the daily routine of the Nursery just yet. She is always causing trouble by fighting to get home to the stockades from the forest. She does not seem to be settled out in the field within the herd and this makes it hard for them to make friends. This morning, like some other mornings, Tagwa was trying to keep Kiasa under her care, together with Malkia, but Kiasa kept running up and down dodging the keepers, wanting to go back home. After all the routes were blocked she managed to sneak through the bushes and went to the mud bath area. It is suspected that her love for the milk formula is also something to do with this!

Boys will always be boys and it seems that Kauro and Ndotto are out to prove how grown up they are. Everything they go out into the forest they want to be independent. Today when the time for the 3pm milk bottle drew closer, all the orphans moved towards their keepers, but Kauro and Ndotto were nowhere to be seen. The keepers called their names but they did not come, and they decided to move the group towards the mud bath assuming that the two had already gone there. They were not there and both Ndotto and Kauro missed the session. When the others had already gone back to the forest, they showed up to the feeding area and found everyone had already gone. They traced the group and Mbegu saw them approaching from a distance. She walked to greet them and the three decided to browse where they were for the rest of the afternoon. We knew that Kauro was ready for Tsavo, as he had already moved down but had come back to the Nursery due to illness, but it appears Ndotto is growing ready for this next phase as well!

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A male calf estimated to be roughly one year old when orphaned near the Tsavo bridge on the main Mombasa - Nairobi highway, his mother having died nearby. One leg was seriously infected, so we suspect she died from septicemia, possibly caused either by a snare or an arrow wound. The rescue of this calf was unique, in that he was still very strong, but somehow managed to be subdued without being tranquillized, rescued by a handful of our Keepers and the Orphans' Overseer, Isaac Maina. Little Tsavo gave them quite a run for their money, but they managed to overpower him and load him onto the Orphans' Lorry after which he was transported back to the Elephant Stockades in Voi. He was, of course, extremely wild, and quite capable of inflicting some damage, but Emily's group surrounded him, and successfully calmed him. In no time at all he was taking milk from a bottle, following the example of Mweiga, so his was the easiest capture we have ever had, because the first we knew about it was a report about the presence of another orphan in Tsavo, who was doing well and even taking milk. Being the smallest in Emily's group, he usurped the privileged place of Mweiga in Emily's heart, and is very much part of her group, mingling happily with wild elephants they encounter, which makes Emily somewhat anxious lest she lose him to them. In fact, on one occasion, he followed a wild herd, and leaving the other orphans with Aitong, Emily followed him and the wild herd for two hours, until he could be persuaded to return.

Tsavo is a bossy little elephant, confident and delighted to have found a new "mother" and a new "family", and possessive of her affections as well.


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