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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 PANDA  Female  Monday, August 2, 2010 Mgeno Ranch  about 2 years old  Was seen alone by the Mgeno Ranch staff  Poaching 

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4/6/2018 - The morning was good with the orphan elephants playing happily around the stockade compound after their milk and supplement feeding. Panda had a wonderful scratching session against a rock with Ishaq-B coming in to try and take Pandaís spot which Panda was not ready to give up and as such managed to hold her ground until she was ready to leave.

Naipoki enjoyed a game of rolling in the soil pile close to Ndii, Tahri and Kihari in an effort to get Tahri to come and join her. Mudanda was standing close to the group and managed to steal Tahri away. Ndii was quick to notice what happened and came running up to the two, reclaiming her adopted baby from Mudanda.

At the noon mud bath Ndoria gulped down her afternoon milk bottle at a very fast pace, before ambushing Nguvu who was a few meters in front of her, wanting to engage him in a strength testing game. Nguvu was not interested and ran towards the baobab water hole. By the time they got there Ndoria had given up the chase. Nguvu however remained wary of Ndoria for the rest of the day, choosing to browse a safe distance from her so as to avoid being engaged in any strength testing games.

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 Panda drinking water Panda once back at the Voi stockades
Panda drinking water
photo taken on 7/31/2012
Panda once back at the Voi stockades
photo taken on 7/29/2012


A lone Elephant Calf of approximately 2 years old had first been seen by the Community of Mgeno Ranch (abutting Tsavo National Park) on the l8th July 2012. The Trustís Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit was alerted and our Voi Keepers immediately went to the site to try and rescue the calf. Darkness fell without them being able to locate the baby, and so they returned back to Voi empty handed. They did leave instructions with the Ranch staff to contact them immediately should they sight the calf again. On the 20th July the calf reappeared, still alone and emaciated and quite obviously an orphan, extremely lucky to have not fallen prey to predators. She is most certainly a poaching victim as incidents of poaching within the adjacent ranches to Tsavo National Park have been very bad in recent months. The Trustís Voi Rescue Team along with KWS were alerted a second time. The calf, a female of about 2 years old, very thin and weak and almost in a state of collapse by the time the rescuers arrived was literally on her last legs by the time they arrived. Upon arrival at the Voi Stockades to was helped to her feet and she took rehydration and later milk. She was given the name Panda to identify the specific place from whence she was rescued, a raised region of the Ranch known by that name. It was decided that Panda would remain at Voi and be raised there due to her age, and not be flown to the Nairobi Nursery. Instead she is to be raised in Voi amidst the Voi older orphans, who already have imparted much love and comfort. For Panda the Voi area remains familiar, not too far from where she was living a wild life, and she is once again united by a loving elephant family, to Voi Orphans who understand what she has been through and who will look to heal her emotional scars. With each passing day she grows stronger.

The Keepers tie the orphan in order to transport her to the Voi stockades  Loading the orphan in the vehicle to transport her to Voi

Panda once back at the Voi stockades

Soon after her arrival at the Voi stockades, there was another Elephant Rescue called for, also from Tsavo, of a yearling calf subsequently named Bomani so on this day our Voi Keepers certainly had their hands full. Credit to them for doing a wonderful job, and to all those whose actions helped save these two precious lives.

A keeper cleaning Panda's stable  Panda on the left next to Bomani, both rescued on the same day

Panda drinking water


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