On the 28th of December 2016 two of our naughty Nursery girls, along with oldest female Oltaiyoni, made the journey to DSWT’s Ithumba Relocation Unit in the Northern Area of Tsavo East National Park
On the 28th of December 2016 two of our naughty Nursery girls, along with oldest female Oltaiyoni, made the journey to DSWT’s Ithumba Relocation Unit in the Northern Area of Tsavo East National Park. Rain having fallen, the area was now green, so the time was right to clear the Nursery of some of the older orphans. Whilst they will remain milk and Keeper dependent for a long time yet, probably another five years, before gaining sufficient confidence to begin venturing further afield with their Ex Orphan friends, the interaction with the older elephants and their wild friends coupled with the fact that Tsavo is perfect elephant habitat, made this a necessary transition, particularly as Roi and Kamok were beginning to outgrow the Nursery, throwing their weight around and becoming increasingly ill mannered, all pointing to the fact that they were in need of some discipline from older elephants. It was planned to make this move between Christmas and New Year in order to get them there in the green season.
At 3.00am in the morning of the 28th, the three elephants earmarked for the move were injected with a mild tranquilizer to ensure the stress edge was taken off the whole experience. Once the drug had taken affect, their Keepers quietly enticed them out of the Stockades with milk bottles and led them into the Elephant Moving Truck. The truck with its three elephant sized compartments, and a passage way for their Keepers to walk and feed the elephants throughout the journey, is designed to ensure that the whole translocation experience is efficient and comfortable, with extra milk and greens available en route. First to be loaded was Kamok, followed by Roi, both happy to follow their milk bottles, with Oltaiyoni loaded last, who was a lot more sceptical about events and required a gentle shove at the end to get her safely loaded.