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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4/28/2018 - Mutara’s group and Laragai, Barsilinga, Kithaka, Garzi and Sirimon showed up in the morning. The group briefly settled for lucerne as they shared their night experiences. Kithaka and Lemoyian were showing a lot of interest in sticking close to the juniors and also the keepers; a behaviour which we are not used to seeing in them. They were very restless and apprehensive and we wondered what was wrong. Olsekki, Boromoko, Sokotei and Siangiki were missing from their group, but we suspect they are with Narok and Orwa. Enkikwe, who is on the road to recovery, joined the juniors and the ex-orphans outside and was welcomed by Suguta, Turkwel, and Kainuk who checked on his progress and left shortly after they were satisfied he was doing okay. Pare and Namalok waited in turns as they used one rock to scratch their bellies. Kanjoro had a light strength testing exercise with Garzi.

At around seven o'clock in the morning the day turned tragic when the decomposing body of Sokotei was found almost 2km south west of stockade. Sokotei was fleeing from lions that have become a threat to the existence of the young ex-orphans. Sokotei was fleeing back to the stockade for help and it appears Kithaka witnessed the incident since he is very frightened and is sticking close to the elephants and the keepers.

Mutara and her group appeared to have had a hint of what happened since they stayed with the juniors the whole day and gave comfort to Kithaka, Lemoyian, Barsilinga and Sirimon for losing one of their group members to lions. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in Kanziku area and in the evening Kithaka was leading to make sure they spent the night in the stockade too; the stockade that he and his friends had decided to leave of their own will just a few months ago.

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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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