The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: MWEYA  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MWEYA  Female  January 2001 Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda  1 Month Old  Found in a fishing village having wondered out of the park in Uganda  Man Made Cause for Separation 

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5/9/2014 - Emilyís herd was back at the stockade early this morning with Mweya, Icholta, Lolokwe and Laikipia being the first members to arrive followed by the rest of the group ten minutes later. Lesanju and Wasessa were busy regrouping their herd before moving on with their normal browsing routine. Mbirikani didnít want to travel far as she was more intent on filling up her stomach! She instead placed herself in a strategic place linking up with the others as they heading to the water hole at noon. It was cold again today so the did not have a bath. Rombo sucked up a considerable amount of water into his trunk, then emptied it spraying himself and anyone around him! The cold water caught his colleagues off guard sending them running off as if they had been stung by bees! In the evening Aruba her two babies in company of a big herd of impala came to drink water at the stockade. They hung around grazing behind Lesanjuís stable until it was dark.

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 Mweya - developing into quite a personality Mweya having a mud bath bath
Mweya - developing into quite a personality
photo taken on 10/10/2004
Mweya having a mud bath bath
photo taken on 1/5/2004


A female calf born in January 2001 in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda; estimated age just days old when rescued. Age on arrival in our Nursery - 1 month.

This baby is unique, being Ugandan as opposed to all the other Kenyans. She simply wandered into a fishing village near Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park, was thereafter transported across the Channel in a fishing boat and dumped back in the bush, because her rescuers didn't know what else to do! Fortunately, word got out, and she was re-captured by an expatriate who had heard about her, and taken to the Uganda Education Centre, where she was cared for round the clock by expatriate volunteers and two National Park Rangers with telephone instructions from us in Nairobi. Meanwhile, the ponderous bureaucracy of getting an elephant across a territorial boundary had to be tackled, which involved 6;long weeks. Eventually, however, "Mweya" (thus named by the Ugandans) arrived on the 27th February 2001 by Helicopter.

She was tiny for her age, but what she lacked in size, she certainly made up in character - an extremely forceful and playful little elephant with a strong personality and a mind of her own! She was held in the Uganda Education Centre which she shared with some chimpanzees, who obviously gave her a very hard time, but she proved well able to look after herself and them!


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