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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 BARSILINGA  Male  Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Found near Wamba area, next to his dying mother  Approximately 2 weeks old  His mother had to be euthanized as her wounds were too severe for recovery  Poaching 

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10/31/2015 - The partially independent group, which is led by Olare, was at the stockade compound in the morning. As soon as the gates opened for the juniors to come out, Kalama and Tumaren went into the stockade to find out if there was anything left to feed on. The rest of the partially independent group joined the juniors in feeding of lucerne. After, Mutara led her group away leaving the partially independent group relaxing at the stockade compound. In the browsing field the orphans concentrated only on browsing. At around nine o’clock in the morning the temperatures skyrocketed, sending the orphans to seek shelter under a tree that had good shade. At one point Kanjoro, Barsilinga, Bomani and Lemoyian drew water from their stomachs and sprayed it behind their ears. At mud bath time, all the orphans participated in wallowing. As the orphans were winding up the mud bath activities, Kainuk spotted three warthogs approaching mud bath. From the looks of the warthogs, they knew very well that it would be very difficult for them to access the mud bath with the presence of the orphans there too. As the warthogs stopped to analyze the situation, Kainuk didn't give them a chance but charged, trumpeting as she sent the warthogs back to the bush by running after them. The warthogs ran as fast as their legs could carry them. When they were out of sight, Kainuk returned back happy as she rejoiced for sending the warthog’s away singlehandedly. In the afternoon, Orwa spent some time scratching on a fallen tree as Vuria teamed up with Kithaka in browsing. Towards evening, Mutara, Kanjoro, Kithaka, Lemoyian, Turkwel, Bongo and Barsilinga dodged the keepers and returned back to the stockade early before the normal time. They found the stockade gates closed and relaxed at the water troughs spraying water behind their ears before they were walked back to join their friends.

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 Barsilinga with his Keeper Barsilinga in his stockade
Barsilinga with his Keeper
photo taken on 4/16/2012
Barsilinga in his stockade
photo taken on 4/16/2012


Gunshots were heard during the evening of 13th April 2012 by the community of the Lpus-La-Mpasion area near Wamba in the Samburu tribal area of Northern Kenya. The next morning a severely wounded female Elephant, with a calf at foot, was spotted in the area. Bullet wounds in the chest area and front legs had rendered her barely able to even move, yet another victim of the ivory trade and a grizzly reminder of the suffering attached to each piece of ivory that is bought or sold. The mother's end was a painful one, full of suffering, and her calf would have been a victim too had he not been one of the lucky few rescued.

The matter was reported to a KWS patrol within the area. They summoned the KWS Vet, Dr. Mutinda, who travelled to the scene to assess the injured mother. It turned out that the female elephant’s wounds were too severe for any hope of recovery. Having reported the matter to the Nairobi KWS Headquarters, it was decided that the mother be euthanized and her calf saved and sent to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Nursery in Nairobi National Park. The calf had its last feed of mother’s milk at 9 a.m. before the mother was later laid to rest.

By 1.30 p.m. the DSWT Rescue Team landed at the nearby Kisima Airstrip and waited for the arrival of the KWS ground team with the young baby. KWS had a good distance to travel to bring the rescued calf to the closest airstrip and arrived about 30 minutes later with him loaded in the back of a landcruiser pickup, closely held by the rangers. After our keepers checked on his condition he was loaded into the aircraft in order to be airlifted back to the Nursery, arriving in the afternoon.

The rescue Team arrives at Wamba  The orphan ins off loaded from the vehicle

The Keepers handling the orphan once he is off the rescue vehicle  The orphan is given milk & re-hydration

The Keepers prepare the orphan for the flight to Nairobi  The KWS Rangers who helped rescue the orphan pose for a picture before the baby is flown to the Nursery

The baby on the rescue plane

The orphan is prepared for the flight to the Nursery Unit  Scenes from the return flight

Little Barsilinga having a milk feed  The orphan arrives at the Nursery

The baby was in good condition, approximately two weeks old, a tiny bull still pink behind the ears. He was given the name “Barsilinga” after the area close to where his mother met her grizzly end just weeks after giving life to this precious baby.

Barsilinga in his stockade  Barsilinga with his Keeper

Barsilinga playing with the orphans & keepers  Barsilinga running!

Barsilinga getting love from everyone  Barsilinga with Mishak

Basilinga following the Keepers


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