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 

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9/19/2017 - Ex Orphans including Wendi, Mulika, Yatta, Galana and Kinna with their babies were waiting or the orphans to come out of their stockades this morning. The dependent orphans interacted with them when they came out while Wiva and Kama were busy playing and scratching on one of the rocks. The orphans later walked into the bush to browse.

Everyone was busy browsing as it is so dry in the area at the moment. Lemoyian was browsing next to Galla and later started walking to mud bath. At the mud bath we had a mixture of wild elephants, Ex Orphans and our dependent elephants who were all interacting with each other. Boromoko was playing and rolling in the dust while Shukuru led the other group to play deep in the mudhole with the wild elephants. It was so nice to watch the huge elephants socializing with the young orphans as they played. Later on, they walked to the dust bath and started dusting themselves with Tusuja and Boromoko having a play fight. The orphan group later walked back into the bush leaving Boromoko, Tusuja and Dupotto standing with the wild bulls near the water trough; they later followed their friends. All the five Ex Orphan babies were present with their mothers today Gawa, Wiva, Kama and older babies Mwende and Yetu who are now 5 years old.

It was a very hot afternoon and the orphans converged under a Baobab tree for awhile to escape the heat. Kithaka was seen scratching on the rock with Galla and the rest busy browsing and searching for some green vegetation. Later on they all started walking towards the stockade for the evening milk. Suguta's group came to the stockade to drink water with some wild bulls. They drank water and left to go back into the bush after.

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 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 This little female calf is estimated to have been born on or about 15th October 1999 and only 1 week old when rescued. She was discovered submerged in mud in a waterhole near 'Kina' within Meru National Park. She lay exposed to the sun all day before being rescued and extracted, but it was clear the sun had damaged her petal pink ears terribly. She was airlifted to our Nairobi Nursery and in time one ear was so sun damaged that it became like parchment and despite our best efforts to heal it, the top finally died and fell away completely. Due to her sun-damaged ears, Kinna has always been very distinctive and easily recognizable even amidst the wild herds when grown.

Kinna has been a forceful character from the outset, inclined to be bossy and a very precocious baby compared to others. She has always had an outgoing character, and with time, as she has grown older she has become a no nonsense girl, providing the discipline when needed.

Kinna and her blanket  Kinna with her damaged ear

Kinna's damaged ear  Kinna and her keeper

Kinna scratching against a tree


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