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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KAINUK  Female  Sunday, July 4, 2010 South Turkana National Reserve   Nearly a year old  Was found by tribemen next to her mother who is suspected to have died of the harsh drought conditions  Drought Related 

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11/28/2018 - The orphans had their milk bottles before leaving straight for the bush today. Mutara and her group including Turkwel, Suguta, Kanjoro, Sities, Kainuk and Kibo, who is not usually part of that group, arrived and joined the orphans requesting to be supplied with Lucerne. Turkwel seems to be doing very well with Mutara’s herd and we were happy to see her looking so well, happy to be back with her older friends. Garzi and Kanjoro started play-fighting, while Turkwel scratched her neck on a gate post.

All the orphans browsed in the bush, with Mutara's herd slightly separate from the dependent orphans. Later, the orphans came across a small water pool that they started to play in before it was their next feeding time beside the mud bath.

It was cold when they reached the mud bath and the orphans just decided to have their milk and not wallow. A few of them walked to have a drink of water, and then joined their friends who were already back to browsing.

A few hours later it started raining and the orphan elephants became all hyper. They were rolling down in the mud and several of them were very active and played vigorously. Kamok and Pare started play-fighting, as all the others were down in the mud rolling in different styles. The herd later walked back home in the evening for their milk again.

Kithaka, Laragai, Barsilinga and Garzi did not turn up this evening, but they will come later as they always do. They don't sleep out, but they also don’t like to stay with the dependent orphans the whole day. We received 12mm of rain and we still expect more tonight. No other ex-orphans or wild elephants appeared today.

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 The men that rescued the calf and who spent the night with her help unload the baby at the airstrip She was named Kainuk, the name of the area she was rescued
The men that rescued the calf and who spent the night with her help unload the baby at the airstrip
photo taken on 2/21/2011
She was named Kainuk, the name of the area she was rescued
photo taken on 2/21/2011

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: KAINUK (foster now)


This orphaned elephant calf was spotted by a tribesman in the South Turkana National Reserve at about 1 p.m. on the 21st February 2011, at a place called “Kainuk”, the mother having died just moments before, her body still warm and her tusks still intact. There were no obvious evidence of bullet wounds so she could possibly have been a victim of drought since her calf was very emaciated, the cheekbones prominent and the cheeks sunken. This would suggest that the calf had not been getting sufficient milk to sustain health possibly due to the poor condition of the mother. The tribesman reported the presence of the dead elephant and its calf to the Head of Security and the Senior Warden of Mt. Elgon National Park who initiated the rescue of the orphaned calf and retrieved the ivory of its dead mother.

The calf - a yearling female - was transported back to the Mt. Elgon National Park Headquarters, where it was held overnight, and fed only water, the Warden having been warned about the danger of feeding a baby elephant cows’ milk since elephants are totally intolerant to bovine fat. She was flown to the Nairobi Nursery the next morning – 22nd February 2011 – and was named “Kainuk”- the name of the particular place where her mother died and where she became an orphan.

The men that rescued the calf and who spent the night with her help unload the baby at the airstrip  She was named Kainuk, the name of the area she was rescued

The rescue plane on the Turkwell Airstrip

She is a very lucky little elephant to have been found by an ele-friendly tribesmen, for that area is populated by the warlike Pokot tribe, who are better known for poaching, many armed with illegal automatic weapons since cattle rustling is also prevalent in that forgotten corner of Kenya. There are very few elephants remaining in the area, particularly now that Chinese Aid workers are on hand to buy ivory and rhino horn, both commodities that are in great demand in Far Eastern countries.

Although very stressed and “wild”, nevertheless the new orphan took some milk and water from a bottle. She had sufficient strength to give the Keeper in the stable with her quite a run around, but was very exhausted and slept well during the night, waking up at 3 hourly intervals to take her milk and push the Keeper around a bit more afterwards!

Kainuk arrives at the Nursery

However, by morning she was much calmer, especially when the other Nursery elephants were brought to her stable to be introduced to her so that she would know that she was not alone. So eager was she to join them that she was allowed to do so, warmly welcomed by all the older females, particularly the Nursery Matriarch “Olare”, who lavished loving on her and kept her close throughout the day. She was even at the noon mudbath surrounded by admiring human spectators, which was pretty remarkable having been a “wild” elephant baby just two days previously!

Kainuk meets the orphans for the 1st time  Kainuk meets the orphans, Tano on the right and Makireti on the left

Kainuk greeted by Sities  The orphans surround the new arrival



When she was returned to her stable in the evening, she was again very disturbed and unable to settle, so orphan “Turkwel” was brought in to share the stable with her, and immediately she calmed down again. She was given homeopathic gut stabilizing remedies since the consistency of the stools was becoming loose, but she slept well, took her milk on cue, and seemed fine in the morning. We are very hopeful that little “Kainuk” – the l8th member of our Nursery herd – will continue to thrive, and be afforded a second chance of life – a very lucky little elephant who shares her origin with another two Trust orphans – “Turkwel” (now 2 years old) and “Nasalot” who is now 11 years old, Keeper Independent and possibly pregnant, leading a normal wild elephant life in Northern Tsavo East National Park along with another 28 orphans who are also now integrated into the wild elephant community of that area of the Park. Tsavo is a Protected Area that offers elephants the space they need for a quality of life when grown, and for this reason it becomes the home of all the Trust’s orphaned elephants in the fullness of time.

Sities affectionately sucks on Kainuks ear  Kainuk with Sities

Kainuk


   

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