The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: KINANGO 

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KINANGO  Male  Sunday, August 5, 2012 Along the Kwale- Kinango road  3-4 weeks old  He was stranded, hungry and visibly stressed when found walking along the Kwale-Kinango road near the Mwadabawa junction seeking comfort under an abandoned truck   Poaching 

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10/10/2013 - At 11 a.m. we were alerted that another rescue was on the cards, this time of a lone orphan at Kinango near Kwale at the Coast. The calf, estimated to be just over a year old was rescued by the Voi Elephant Keepers near Rorogoi village and driven to the Voi Stockades before later being flown to the Nursery where it arrived at 8 p.m. It was a female, who has been named ”Rorogoi”.

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 Adan, Kinango and Kithaka Kinango with Julius
Adan, Kinango and Kithaka
photo taken on 8/27/2012
Kinango with Julius
photo taken on 8/27/2012


At around 4pm on the 11th August a call was received about a tiny newborn elephant calf discovered by KWS personnel in the Kwale area outside of the Shimba Hills National Park.

The elephant calf was stranded, hungry and visibly stressed when it was first found walking along the Kwale-Kinango road near the Mwadabawa junction, later seeking comfort under an abandoned truck which obviously felt like Mum.

Kinango seeking protection from the truck

The KWS team under the direction of Warden Philemon Chebet captured the calf immediately and contacted the DSWT for further support and to get the baby airlifted to Nairobi. With the onset of nightfall the Nairobi rescue team could not be deployed until the following day, so the calf was cared for at the KWS headquarters over night. The following morning the Assistant Warden and Honoree Warden Mr. Peter Zaneeti met the Nairobi rescue team who arrived to collect the calf and take it into their care.

The Keepers arrive at the airstrip  The KWS vehicle that rescued the orphan

The Keepers give the orphan milk and rehydration  The tiny orphan at the airstrip

Jackson with the orphan at the airstrip  Th rescue team lift the orphan into the rescue plane

The Keepers and orphan in the rescue plane  The orphan settles to sleep in the plane

Kinango with Edwin just after arriving at the Nursery

Origionally because he was so tiny it was thought he was new born and a plasma drip was administered to this vulnerable male calf in an attempt to ensure his immune system was boosted, but now that a few weeks on he has begun to teeth is would suggest that he was between 3 – 4 weeks on arrival.

Despite being an incredibly vulnerable newborn calf, Kinango as he has since been named, has been taking his milk with enthusiasm from his keepers and is very much a treasured and precious part of the Nairobi Orphan’s group, pampered by all the older elephants.

Since the calf’s discovery KWS discovered poaching in the area, that would suggest that the reason for the calf’s abandonment could well be poaching, or possibly human wildlife conflict.

Despite loosing condition through the initial teething process, Kinango has been recovering well, despite needing constant attention from his dedicated Keepers. He has very much attached himself to one of the Nursery bulls called Orwa who is very lenient when Kinango shows his affection by suckling his underbelly for hours on end.

Adan, Kinango and Kithaka  Kithaka shows Kinango around

Kinango with Julius  Kinango loves his Keepers

Kinango and Peter


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