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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 LIMA LIMA  Female  Monday, February 27, 2012 Loisaba Ranch, Laikipia West  1 Year  Lima Lima was finally captured within the grounds of Loisaba Lodge in Laikipia West  Poaching 

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4/30/2016 - Jasiri was very busy on his different side of the bushes, looking some soft greens and tasty lilies that begin to emerge after the rains. Behind Faraja was Murera with Ziwa and Quanza also trying hard to reach the freshest greens. Lima Lima thought it was wise for her to go nearer the signposts on the road where there was also some nice thick vegetation, and she was followed by Jasiri.

At midday Faraja was very happy after finding some very soft dust for his dust bath. When he had his fun with that soil and came across more that was more compact and hard to break, then he moved onto other places looking for his friends, Ngasha and Zongoloni. He came across Lima Lima who was also rubbing her belly on the ground and enjoying a good scratching session. At one point the keepers found her with her tail in the air really making the keepers laugh at her funny poses.

The keepers started to call the babies to follow them to begin their walk home, but Quanza was still dust bathing and rolling her bottom like how Faraja was doing. The rain started to fall however and the babies ran away to hide their heads and big ears under the umbrellas that their keepers were holding for shelter.

The Two Latest Photos of LIMA LIMA: (view gallery of pictures for LIMA LIMA)

 Kainuk caring for Lima Lima Lima in Nairobi National Park
Kainuk caring for Lima
photo taken on 2/26/2013
Lima Lima in Nairobi National Park
photo taken on 2/26/2013


A female calf of about 1 year old was first seen on the l8th February 2013, thought to be an orphan of recent poaching that had taken place within Laikipia West. The calf was then reported to have turned up in the grounds of Loisaba lodge two days later on the 20th and her presence was immediately reported to the lodge management by the gardener.

The calf, who was very thin and clearly distressed, was restrained by the lodge staff whilst a call was made to the rescue team at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi and a rescue plane was organized. Once the DSWT team was on their way the calf was transported to Loisaba airfield where she was taken care of by Joanna Silvester whilst awaiting the arrival of the plan. During this time the calf was given a rehydrate mixture and three buckets of water to keep her hydrated pending the arrival of the plane some 3 hours later. On arrival the rescue team assessed the orphan’s situation and decided to put her on life support for the plane journey, also giving her prophylactic Nuroclav to guard her against pneumonia and a little Stresnil to lessen the trauma.

Lima Lima's rescue at Loisaba  Lima on on her rescue

On the rescue plane back to Nairobi  Flying to Loisaba

The calf was thin and was passing runny pink stools upon arrival at the Nursery, clearly having been browsing during her abandonment on the invasive ‘Prickly Pear’ plant, which can prove very poisonous. However, she took milk from a hand-held bottle and was warmly welcomed by the 20 resident Nursery elephants, all of whom crowded around her stockade rumbling their greetings. She was given the name “Lima Lima”, which is the name by which Loisaba Lodge is known.

Lima in the Nursery Stockade  Kainuk caring for Lima

Since settling into her new life at the Nairobi Nursery Lima Lima has been understandably mourning for her lost family and has been unsure and nervous of her new human keepers. Having joined the other orphans out in the forests of Nairobi National Park over the last couple of days Lima Lima has been secluding herself from both elephants and humans, choosing to be alone with her grief, which is sad but natural behaviour for an older orphan who has been through such trauma. Despite Lima Lima’s self-isolation, the rest of the orphan family are not giving up on her and continue to shower her in love and affection in an effort to remind her she is not alone. Within a few more days she will become more accepting and happier as she settles down, whilst we hope she will continue to put on weight and regain her strength.

Lima and Adan  Lima Lima in Nairobi National Park

Lima and the rest of the Nairobi orphans

Please help us provide Lima Lima with the specialist care and support she needs by fostering her today.


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