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)

4/21/2018 - This morning the orphans had their milk bottles and joined Laragai’s group outside the gate to the compound. When Laragai’s group came in, they went straight to comfort Enkikwe; they were with him during the attack he sustained from the lions. They later join the dependent orphans group in the bush as they were quite fearful of the lions in the area at the moment, and wanted to be with a large family and the keepers too. They all browsed together throughout the morning, and visited a dam along the Kone road to drink some water. They all looked happily and active, but a few minutes later the ex-orphans walked away. The dependent orphans walk to the mud bath for their milk.

They all played vigorously in the water and walked straight to the bush to browse in the afternoon. Everyone was busy including Sapalan who likes staying on his own, but today he chose to stay with the group; perhaps he feared the large lions around as well and knows that it is best to stick to the herd! Naseku and Galla were browsing together after mud bath. Wanjala led the group back home in the evening for their milk.

Yatta’s group arrived at the stockades late in the evening with Kinna and their babies and two wild bulls. They drank water and later walked away. Enkikwe is still receiving treatment for his injured leg but he is improving all the time.

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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