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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KINNA  Female  Friday, October 15, 1999 Kinna/ Meru  1 Week Old  Found in a Water Hole, Stuck in the mud & severly sun burnt at Kinna  Stuck in Mud 

Latest Updates on KINNA:

View to Location map for KINNA (opens a new window)

Most Recent Keeper's Diary Entry: (view all the latest entries for KINNA)

5/16/2014 - As per usual the orphans chomped the lucerne soon after exiting the stockade. Shortly later, Mutara led the way to the browsing field at kanziku area. At mud bath time, only Bongo, Laragai, Mutara and Sities took advantage of the wallowing exercise. The rest drank and splashed water behind their ears before leaving for browsing. Shortly later, the ex orphans Yatta, Yetu, Wendi, Nasalot, Galana, Tomboi, Kinna, Mulika, Mwende, Sidai, Naserian, Makena, Chyulu, Lenana, Challa, Kamboyo, Sunyei, Kora, Meibai, Zurura, Buchuma, Ithumbah and a wild bull attended mud bath. Once they were through, the ex orphans headed towards the slopes of the Ithumba hill. Interestingly, they showed up at the stockade later in the evening.

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

 Kinna and her keeper Kinna scratching against a tree
Kinna and her keeper
photo taken on 9/16/2000
Kinna scratching against a tree
photo taken on 9/16/2000


A female calf estimated to have been born on or about 15th October 1999 and only 1 week old when rescued. This little female elephant was found almost submerged in mud in a waterhole near "Kinna" in Meru National Park. She lay exposed to the sun all day before being found and extracted. When she arrived in the Nursery, one ear was so sun damaged that it was like parchment and despite all our efforts to heal it, the top finally died and fell away. Due to her sun-damaged ears, Kinna will always be very distinctive and easily recognizable even amongst the wild herds when grown.

She is a forceful character, inclined to be bossy, definitely the most precocious of all the female youngsters. Upon meeting Emily and the older Elephants for the first time, whilst the others were nervous and shy, Kinna was not in the least daunted, and rudely punched Emily on the face! Because Kinna is so distinctive, and such an outgoing character, she is a great favourite with everyone.

Kinna and her blanket  Kinna with her damaged ear

Kinna's damaged ear  Kinna and her keeper

Kinna scratching against a tree


Please see the resources above for more information on KINNA

| View the Orphan History List Foster KINNA | Print this Profile |

Share this:
Follow us:

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust   P.O. Box 15555 Nairobi Kenya

All Photographs in this website are Copyright by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and can not be used without permission.
Copyright 1999-2012, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy Policy