The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: WASIN 

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 WASIN  Female  Saturday, October 9, 2010 The Namunyak Conservation Area  Approximately 1 week old  She was rescued by Samburu elders from the mud of a shallow well  Stuck in Mud 

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1/8/2011 - Today was tragic – the day that we lost precious baby Wasin. At about 4 a.m. Wasin became very weak and was unable to stand without support. We immediately inserted a Dextrose intravenous drip into her ear vein, and also administered Sulphadimidine tablets, but to no avail and she passed away that morning. The Keepers were deeply saddened just as they were when Nchan and Olkeju suddenly passed away. Wasin, having been in the Nursery for the past 3 months, was a great favourite. Her passing was also mourned deeply by Naipoki and Mutara, who had been her constant companions, Mutara comforted Naipoki, staying very close to her and constantly touching her lovingly with her trunk.

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 Wasin is hooked on the Keepers Waasin is warmly greeted by Olare and Mutara
Wasin is hooked on the Keepers
photo taken on 11/12/2010
Waasin is warmly greeted by Olare and Mutara
photo taken on 10/20/2010


The 17th October, 2010 brought yet another Rescue alert, the third in just over a week, this time from Namunyak Conservancy in Northern Kenya, where a one week old elephant baby had been retrieved from a shallow well by Samburu elders of the area. The fate of the mother is not known for sure, but it is whispered that she could have been yet another victim of poaching in the area where Chinese Road Construction workers are operating, and apparently encouraging the poaching of elephants for ivory.

The Keepers prepare to depart for the rescue  After take off and departing Nairobi

Flying into the Namunyak airstrip  The sight that greet the Keepers, a tiny baby elephant in the back of a landcruiser pickup

Very fortunately, the Samburu elders who retrieved and rescued the calf were already aware from previous elephant rescues that the little elephant must not be fed cows’ milk, but only given water until the Rescue team arrived with the correct milk formula for an infant elephant. The Namunyak Conservancy officials based at Wamba town, alerted the KWS officials and immediately sent a vehicle to collect the tiny calf and take it to the nearby Airfield to await the arrival of the Rescue plane.

She is transported to the airfield in the back of a landcruiser pickup  Off loading the vehicle

Hassan meets the tiny newcomer  Our Keepers gently off load her from the back of the vehicle

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Rescue team, armed with all the usual paraphernalia, and the milk, left Wilson airport at 2.30 p.m. and after a one hour flight landed at the Airfield where the one week old infant elephant awaited them, standing trustingly beside his Samburu Rescuers and the Rangers. Having been fed Electrolytes to counteract dehydration followed by some formula milk, and given its first prophylactic antibiotic injection, the baby elephant was strapped onto the Rescue mattress, loaded onto the plane and flown to Nairobi, arriving at the Nursery in the late evening. It was a baby girl, and has been named Wasin after the nearby massif known locally as Ol Donyo Wasin, Wasin being the local term for the trees that are found growing on the summit. She arrive a bit wobbly, and with an umbilicus that needed some attention, the little elephant was still strong, taking her milk, and so far is doing well.

The keeper give her some milk which she takes eagerly  Feeding her before the flight

The tiny elephant just a week old is dwarfed by the aircraft  Osman with the tiny baby with the rescue aircraft behind

Little Wasin

The calf about to be loaded onto the plane  Wasin about to be loaded onto the plane, a tiny little baby elephant curled up on the canvas stretcher

Hassan settles the calf in the plane before take

The Samburu Elders who rescued the elephant were named Lengiwa, Lititia and Lerno.
The Namunyak Trust Manager is Loila Letinena who was alerted by Kalmnon Leogura, the Radio Operator at Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy Trust. KWS Rangers who accompanied the elephant to the Airfield were Jestin Lesirite, Lebengin Leshongoro, Sgt. Lekapina and Cpl. Silas Rotich. The Driver of the vehicle was Mark Lesimirdan, and the Trust’s Rescue Team was comprised of Keepers Abdi, Hassan and Asman.

Waasin is warmly greeted by Olare and Mutara  Wasin with olare

Wasin is hooked on the Keepers


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