A female calf born approximately January 2000; estimated age on arrival 2 - 3 months. "Nasalot" is a poaching orphan, her mother having been poached for her ivory near Nasalot in the Turkana region. There are only very few surviving elephants left in the harsh lava deserts of Turkanaland, and these survivors have had to turn nocturnal due to poaching pressure in an area known for lawlessness, feeding only during the hours of darkness, and in hiding in thorn thickets by day. We had great difficulty reversing Nasalot's sleeping pattern, for she wanted to sleep during the hours of daylight, and was extremely restless all night, pacing around the stable, and refusing to settle, which left her Keepers' exhausted by the morning! This was exacerbated by deep grieving for her lost family, whom she remembered clearly at her age, so psychological depression and lack of sleep took a heavy toll of her health in the beginning.She did well in the Nursery and was moved to the Ithumba Unit in Tsavo East in 2004. She is a beautiful elephant who roams with Yatta's ex-orphan herd, and in 2017 gave birth to her first born wild calf, a little bull called Nusu.
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22 years old
3 April 2000
South Turkana, Nasalot National Reserve
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 January 2000
Age at Rescue
3 months old (approx)
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Nasalot's first baby arrived on 14th October 2017, a half-pint sized bull we named 'Nusu', the Swahili word for 'half'. Nusu is a little water baby who loves to jump into any and every water trough he can find to go snorkeling. Often seen diving head first into the deep end without a care in the world, he has occasionally needed a little helping trunk to get out! He'll certainly be keeping his many nannies on their toes as he grows.
After an absence of more than eight months, Nasalot strode up to Ithumba on 4th November 2021 with an unmistakable air of celebration. Trailing in her wake, just like a tiny shadow, was a newborn bull. We have named her latest addition Noah. Nasalot’s firstborn, Nusu, is a notorious rascal, but he is already proving to be a model big brother. Muscling his way between over-eager nannies, he protectively trails little Noah’s every step. Only time will tell if Noah is another rascal, but Nasalot’s hard-earned motherhood expertise will undoubtable come in handy as she raises her growing family.
Nasalot with the orphans
Yatta, Nasalot, Kinna and their babies
Yatta, Kinna, Loijuk, Nasalot and their babies
Ishanga, Siku, Sunyei & Nasalot
Nasalot resting on a rock
Nasalot, Olare and Nusu