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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11/21/2018 - It was a very quiet today in the stockade as the orphans had their milk and walked down to the lucerne field. They started feeding on Lucerne and later, Bomani walked in to join them. Dupotto was feeding beside the loading wall while Roi and Tusuja shared a pile of Lucerne. Turkwel started feeding from some Lucerne that Lemoyian had thrown on his back.

In the bush, everyone was busy browsing but then it started to rain lightly which made the orphans less active. Bomani stayed with the dependent orphans throughout the morning, separate to the others in Laragai's group who stayed away.

When the orphans arrived at the mud bath for their milk, it was still cold and no one bothered to enter the mud hole. Instead the orphans walked alongside it and back to the bush to continue browsing. Galla and Namalok started play fighting and pushing each other. Lemoyian and Sapalan walked over to the nearby little dam and splashed a little bit before rejoining the herd. Mundusi and Karisa were walking and browsing together. Karisa later led the group back home in the evening for their milk.

In the stockade today we had Wendi's herd with Mulika and Mwende, Wendi and Wiva, Yatta and Yetu and finally Kinna and Kama. They came to drink water and left immediately after. They were together with Kithaka's group too which included Barsilinga, Garzi, Laragai, Kithaka and Turkwel. They all arrived an hour after the dependent orphans left for the day.

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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