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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7/12/2014 - For the second night, Tomboi and two wild bulls spent the night just outside the stockade. Soon after the orphans left their night stockades, Tomboi joined the juniors once more in feeding on Lucerne. Later they were joined by Yatta, Yetu, Ithumbah, Wendi, Kinna, Makena and Rapsu. At one time Yetu had a fight with Vuria and he had to flee because she easily defeated him. Later Yetu tried to push Shukuru, but Shukuru was stronger than her. The mud bath was quiet as no wild elephant or ex-orphan showed up. Only Shukuru, Laragai, Bongo, Mutara and Narok had a mud bath. Vuria opted to play by nose diving and rolling on the ground. The rest, after taking milk and water, returned back to the browsing field.

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


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