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

7/9/2018 - It was a busy morning at the stockades as we had a big group of elephants including Nasalot, Wendi, Yatta, Olare, Mutara and Orwa’s herds, plus some wild elephants. They all visited and wanted to share the lucerne supplements too. Nasalot was with Nusu, Yatta with her babies Yetu and Yoyo, Sunyei with Siku, Kinna with Kama, Mulika with Mwende and Wendi with her baby Wiva. Only Galana and Gawa were not present. It was so lovely to watch all the orphans and graduate orphans interacting with the wild elephants and watching some of them playing together. Babies Yoyo and Kama were trying to climb on Kainuk when she was lying on the ground resting. The orphans didn't have time to feed on the lucerne, and they walked straight out to the bush to browse. Rapa and Dupotto browsed together while Karisa was scratching behind his ears on a tree. Oltaiyoni was scratching her bottom as she played with her trunk. Later the group walked to the mud bath for their noon milk bottles.

Wendi and Nasalot’s herds also arrived at mud bath with their babies. They mingled with Mutara’s group as the younger dependent orphans respected their space and stayed away. Some of the graduate orphans walked in to play in the mud hole, including Nasalot with baby Nusu. Nusu was playing in the water as Nasalot watched him. When the graduate orphans arrived, the juniors decided to walk back out to the bush to browse. Namalok was scared of the monkeys playing around him. New arrivals Esampu, Mteto and Mundusi were very active; Esampu kept trying to take the lead of the whole group, taking them in different directions to browse. Later on the dependent orphans walked back home in the evening for their milk.

Mutara's group with Kainuk, Turkwel, Sities, Kanjoro, Kilaguni, Vuria, Bomani and Orwa also came to drink water and later they walked out again. Laragai's herd then arrived and they were locked into their stockades as well.

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


This little female calf is estimated to have been born on or about 15 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 and her blanket  Kinna with her damaged ear

Kinna's damaged ear  Kinna and her keeper

Kinna scratching against a tree

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.

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