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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8/29/2015 - A team of eleven wild elephants led by Half Trunk were at the stockade compound early in the morning waiting for water. When the water was turned on the wild bulls hurriedly started drinking. Narok was the first one to leave the stockade and headed straight for lucerne. Her friends followed shortly later. Zurura, Chaimu and Kilaguni joined the juniors and shared the lucerne. Later Zurura, Chaimu and Kilaguni left whilst the juniors headed to Kone area to browse. Vuria took some time to scratch himself between his left tusk and trunk to remove the ticks that were bothering him. The rest of the group browsed quietly for the entire morning.

After taking their eleven o’clock milk, the juniors headed to drink water where they were joined by three wild bulls. The juniors gave the bulls the necessary respect by leaving for wallowing instead. Only Suguta and Barsilinga remained at the water trough. Barsilinga was scratching against the acacia tree close to the water trough as he watched the wild bulls while Suguta tried to share water with bulls. Kainuk remained a spectator whilst the rest of her friends enjoyed wallowing in the mud. She just stood at the edge of the mud bath watching as she swung her trunk side to side. After wallowing, the juniors headed for soil bathing and later lined up for scratching against a nearby tree. Shukuru enjoyed herself as she scratched her belly on Mutara who was rolling in the red soil. Lemoyian was the first one to scratch against the tree but his scratching exercise was cut short by Bongo who came and pushed him away, so he just stood to the side waiting to see if he could get another chance. This was not possible though as after Bongo left, Bomani took over with Barsilinga also waiting. Bomani threatened Barsilinga not to come close to the tree so Barsilinga left. When Shukuru was done with soil bathing she too headed to the same tree where Bomani was scratching. Upon seeing Shukuru approach Bomani just left without waiting to be forced out. Mutara pushed Orwa away from the soil dusting place after he showed disrespect by attempting to mount her. Orwa moved a few metres away and waited for Mutara to leave, before returning to play with Narok. In the afternoon the orphans browsed along the banks of the seasonal river, a place with tall trees with good shades and better pastures. In the evening only two bulls, Zurura and Tomboi showed up at the stockade for water.

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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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