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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5/31/2016 - Tomboi and two wild elephants were at the stockade compound having a drink of water when the orphans were let out of their stockades. Siangiki, Enkikwe and Olsekki walked down to the water but hesitant to join Tomboi and the wild bull for a drink but after a few minutes Enkikwe was brave enough to go and join the two at the water trough while Olsekki and Siangiki rejoined their friends who were feeding on lucerne. A short while the wild bulls left and Tomboi with Enkikwe joined the rest of the orphans for some Lucerne after which Tomboi returned to the water trough followed by Siangiki, Olsekki and Enkikwe. Narok enjoyed a pushing game with Orwa after which Orwa mounted Narok while Teleki engaged Vuria in a strength testing game and Bomani took on Lemoyian.

At the browsing field Siangiki spent most of her time browsing with Laragai. Vuria met with Bongo and remembered that they hadn't tested their strength today and as such the two quickly locked their trunks in a pushing game. At mud bath time Enkikwe and Olsekki ran to the mudbath together with their second milk bottle dropping them only after they had downed the bottles contents after which they entered the water.

A short while after the orphans had drank the milk feed the juniors were joined by the partially independent groups (Olare, Chaimu and Makireti’s groups). Chemi Chemi engaged Orwa in a pushing game which Orwa after which he went to try his luck with Kitirua, a match that he also lost. In defeat he went and joined the rest of the orphans who were enjoying a soil dusting exercise.

In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse at the Kanziku area. Teleki teamed up with Laragai for the afternoon browsing session. In the evening Barsilinga and Bongo stopped feeding to enjoy a soil dusting exercise before the orphan herd returned to the stockades for the night.

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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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