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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 EDIE  Female  April 1999 Namunyek  4 Months old  Found by tibesmen in a well on the Namunyak Group ranch North of Lewa Downs  Drought Related 

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2/25/2017 - The morning was good with the stockade dependant orphan elephants happily downing a morning milk bottle, feeding on supplements and then heading to the far northern side of the stockade to browse.
One hour after their departure from the stockade, Taveta came down from Msinga Hill and enjoyed a thirst quenching drink from the stockade water trough. Twenty minutes after his arrival, Emily, Eve, Emma, Mweya, Wasessa, Edie, Eden and a wild elephant bull arrived to join him. They had a wonderful relaxing moment with Emily anchoring her head on a big rock boulder.

In the evening, when the stockade dependant orphans were arriving at the stockade, Thoma and Thor who were with Lesanjuís herd came down to drink water from the stockade water trough with Bada, Arruba, Suswa, Panda and Rorogoi coming forward to greet little Thor. Mbirikani felt tickled when she was touched by Thorís little trunk. Thoma and Thor then went back to join the rest of the Ex Orphans who were browsing on Msinga Hill.

The Two Latest Photos of EDIE: (view gallery of pictures for EDIE)

 Edie kneeling by the waterhole
Edie kneeling by the waterhole
photo taken on 5/20/2005


Estimated to have been born in April 1999, this female calf was about 4 months when rescued from a well on the Namunyak Group Ranch North of Lewa Downs. Her family had struggled all night unsuccessfully to try and retrieve her, but had to leave when tribesmen and their cattle turned up. She endured a rough ride in a lorry before being flown first to Lewa Downs Airstrip and from there by Charter plane to Nairobi. She is named "Edie" by special request of the Craig family who own Lewa Downs Ranch, to honour the memory of one of their donors named "Evie". The closest Samburu word we could find to "Evie" was"Edie" which means "over there" and with the approval of the late Evie's family, we thought this more appropriate. For many weeks Edie suffered from deep depression grieving for her lost elephant family, and was very sore and bruised from her fall, able only to lie on one side of her body for more than a month. In all other respects, she was not in bad condition and tender loving care from both the Keepers and the other elephants soon made her happy again.

She is a spirited character, of all the younger females, the most adventurous , usually the first to provide back up when intruders encountered in the orphans' travels in the bush startle the group and need to be sent on their way. Ilingwezi is her best friend.


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