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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 LEMOYIAN  Male  Sunday, June 24, 2012 Found trapped in a well close to Amboseli National Park  about 3 months old  He fell down a manmade well and got separated from his family  Well Victim 

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1/31/2016 - Vuria and Orwa entwined their trunks soon after leaving the stockade as a morning greeting. Shortly later Kainuk engaged Bongo in a game of pushing one another. Later Kainuk lay down as Bongo enjoyed pushing her. After playing with Kainuk, Bongo went in search for Vuria who has become his regular playmate these days. When Bongo found Vuria there was no time wasted and they immediately locked trunks and started a strength testing exercise. Kithaka came across a fallen tree that he used to scratch his belly. Kanjoro, Mutara and Suguta joined the juniors at around seven o'clock in the morning. Teleki straight away started a strength testing exercise with Kanjoro but unfortunately lost the game.

At mud bath time the orphans were joined by the ex-orphans. The ex-orphans had been missing in action for almost a week and they reported early at mud bath in anticipation of Dame Daphne and Angela Sheldrick. They waited for almost an hour as they wallowed and soil dusted and left only after having enough wallowing. Wendi’s baby Wiva also joined the grownups in wallowing and only orphan Bongo from the dependant group took part in the wallowing exercise with the ex-orphans. His friends returned back to the browsing field soon after having their milk. Chyulu decided to join the juniors simply because of her love for Lemoyian. Later in evening, Chyulu escorted the juniors back to the stockade where she met her group that had been waiting for her for almost an hour.

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 The calf in the rescue plane The calf bonding with Mishak once at the Nursery
The calf in the rescue plane
photo taken on 11/2/2012
The calf bonding with Mishak once at the Nursery
photo taken on 11/2/2012

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: LEMOYIAN (foster now)


On the Western side of Amboseli National Park about 1 km from the Tanzanian border, there is a deep watering well called the ‘Lemoyian Well’ where the resident Masai cattle herders water their livestock. The whole area is known as Lemoyian, named many years ago after a prominent Masai family.

During the night of the 8th October a great deal of commotion was heard by some of the local community members at the well. Upon further investigation it was obvious that the noise during the night was a mother elephant desperately trying to save her calf that had fallen down the well. A local community member and livestock owner named Muterian Ole Saboti, who had found the mother and calf at sunrise, reported the situation to the Amboseli Research Station first thing in the morning of the 9th when the mother elephant was still at the well struggling to free her calf. Sadly herds of cattle began streaming into the area in order to drink from the well, forcing the mother to abandon her calf. Muterian stayed with the baby until help arrived, having managed to singlehandedly chase-off a group of local youths from spearing him.



Officials from the Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE) soon arrived at the scene and were assisted by community members in extracting the calf. The orphan was then loaded into a vehicle and driven to the Amboseli Park airstrip, from where it was met by the DSWT rescue team and soon airlifted to the Nairobi Nursery. The calf, a beautiful baby bull who was about 3 months of age on arrival, arrived at the Nursery by 5pm and has since been named “Lemoyian”. We feel for the mother elephant who is obviously grief-stricken having lost her calf, and we are incredibly saddened that this orphan could not have been reunited with his family. Since the well is very close to an international border, and the mother could well have crossed into Tanzania, it was not an option for the rescuers to attempt to reunite the family.

The orphan at the airstrip  The Keepers feed the orphan and prepare him for the flight

The Amboseli Trust for Elephants team who helped rescue the calf  The calf is tied down for the flight to the Nursery Unit


Muterian's selfless and committed protection of little Lemoyian until help arrived is an example to all of us. An appropriate way to reward his exemplary conservation behavior is being decided in the hope that it will go some small way towards encouraging others in the wider community, and especially within his local community, to feel the same way about the wildlife they share their land with.

The calf in the rescue plane  The calf bonding with Mishak once at the Nursery

Lemoyian with Julius


Of course huge thanks go to Muterian himself, the Amboseli Trust for Elephants and also Tortilis Camp who were extremely helpful in the rescue, and who have now made a ramp for the waterhole so that any future animals caught in the well can escape easily.

Muterian comes to visit the orphans


Solomon, Muterian's friends visits the orphans  Muterian visits Lemoyian

Muterian visits Lemoyian


Although it is still early days Lemoyian is thriving at the Nursery. He was initially treated with anti-biotics as the staff at ATE informed us that the well into which he had fallen was very dirty, therefore the likelihood of him ingesting toxic water was high. The treatment seems to have helped as we have not had much trouble with his health, although he initially lost a little weight due to the change in diet and stress of losing his mother, but this will improve in time. He is a very boisterous little bull and loves being mothered by the older females like Mutara and Shukuru, who spend much of their time hugging him and letting him huddle underneath them.

   

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